|Vice-President George Kunda|
Vice-President George Kunda has arrived in the Chinese capital, Beijing where his official engagements start before visiting the cities of Shanghai and Shenhen during his visit to the Asian country.
Mr Kunda is accompanied by his wife Ireen, Western Province Minister Richard Mwapela, Deputy Minister of livestock and fisheries Albert Mulonga and other senior government officials.
He was received at Beijing Capital International Airport by Zambia's Ambassador to China Joyce Musenge, some senior government officials from the Chinese government and a number of Zambians resident in Beijing.
The Vice-president starts his tight programme in Beijing tomorrow by meeting the President and top leaders of China Non ferrous Metal Mining Company (CNMC), which has huge investments in Zambia's mining industry.
China Non ferrous Metal Mining Company (CNMC) mining projects in Zambia include Chambishi copper Mine, Chambishi 150,000-ton copper smelter, Chambishi leach plant and Chambishi sulfuric acid plant.
The climax of Mr. Kunda's official engagements while in Beijing which is also the political and cultural centre of China will be his meetings with the Vice-President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping and State Councillor Dai Bingguo to discuss issues of common interest.
The vice-President will also tour the Great Wall of China before leaving Beijing on Saturday for the 2010 World Expo being held in the city of Shanghai.
Zambia is one of the 189 countries from around the world exhibiting at the 2010 Shanghai world Export whose theme is "Better City, Better life".
The Vice- President will officiate at the Zambia National Pavilion Day of the Shanghai world Expo.
He will also address a business forum organised by Zambia on the sidelines of the Expo to expose the various business opportunities available in the country.
In terms of economic business benefits of participating at the shanghai Expo, the Zambian pavilion has in the last five months been attracting visitors as well as receiving a lot of enquiries in the area of tourism and investment.
It is envisaged that the information dissemination by Zambia at the Shanghai Expo will lead to tangible results in terms of attracting tourists and potential investors from China and other countries in the world.