Opinion (Part 3): Is The Chinese Honeymoon In Zambia Over

Those of us in the construction industry would recall that when government came up with the 20% subcontracting to locals for construction projects given to foreign companies, we were very excited and hopeful. This was because we felt that this … Continued

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Those of us in the construction industry would recall that when government came up with the 20% subcontracting to locals for construction projects given to foreign companies, we were very excited and hopeful. This was because we felt that this policy will enable us grow into the future leaders in the construction industry by learning from foreign companies how to manage and run big projects. However, looking back now, this policy despite being in place for more than three years has not yielded any tangible results. The reasons are diverse; most Zambians are subjected to do those parts of the projects that require less technical expertise, such as bush clearing, drainages and road signage. This is a big let down to the Zambian contractors who wanted to learn how to manage big projects from mobilization, through execution and finally commissioning. Further, there are also other factors that were beyond the control of the main foreign contractors, like financing and capacity constraints on the Zambian contractors. The main contractors felt it was not their responsibility to spoon-feed the Zambian contractors. Therefore, Zambian contractors were left to organise themselves and source for funding and technical expertise on their own, which they lamentably failed. If the country was to gain maximum benefits from such a policy the starting point was supposed to be that Zambian policy makers should have made it mandatory to foreign contractors to employ Zambians at all levels of their project management structure. For instance, if the project manager is foreign, the deputy or the contract manager needed to be a Zambian. This should have been the case throughout the structure, all the way down to the general workers. That way, Zambians were going to benefit by learning directly from the masters and, eventually, it was going to be easier for them to subsequently contract for the 20% as they would have gained skills necessary to carryout construction on their own. Or simply, Zambian contractors could have started finding the needed skills within the Zambian communities, as those who had worked with foreigners would have been available for employment. One may be asking why I have highlighted the above and what connection they have to the topic at hand. Firstly, I highlighted above that government awards Chinese companies more than 80% of Zambia’s construction projects, and that investment from China is one of the biggest in our country. Therefore, how Chinese conduct their business and daily lives here have got a direct bearing on the perception that Zambians will have about them. It is also important to note that interaction between the Chinese and Zambians as things stand now is only mutual and true at higher levels, but very poorly conducted at lower levels. As highlighted above, despite the Chinese companies benefiting so much from our industries in the country, they have employed only the lowest levels of workers on minimum wage, leaving many highly educated Zambians still struggling to find jobs. Not even Zambians who graduated from China and proficient in Chinese language have benefited from the many Chinese companies in the country. The few that are employed are given unattractive conditions and hardly stay in their jobs. Going forward, there is need for both Zambians and Chinese, more especially the leaders, to do some introspection. Chinese leaders in the spirit of sustainable partnership with Zambians need to guide their Zambian counterparts on the best policies that helped China to be where it is today to be replicated, or at least tried in Zambia. For example the policy where foreigners were required to partner at 50%-50% with the Chinese to undertake major projects or to invest in strategic projects can help stimulate mutual partnerships between Zambians and Chinese and guarantee a sustainable Chinese relationship with Zambians. Foreign multinationals in China are required to localize their operations with enough local content so that local people can feel the ownership. Here, we have allowed the Chinese and other foreigners to bring in anything they feel like without any requirement for localisation. For instance, instead of allowing imports of finished gadgets, we can demand that these are brought in knock down forms so that assembly can be done here, thereby increasing job creation and technology transfer and spill over in Zambia. Article by Kumbukilani Phiri and Durban Kambaki Chinese Scholars The post Opinion (Part 3): Is The Chinese Honeymoon In Zambia Over appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Tension As Navy, Army Deploy Fighter Jets, Gunboats to Warri Creeks

[Vanguard] There was apprehension among riverine dwellers, yesterday, as the Nigerian Navy and Army deployed fighter jets and gunboats to the creeks and other strategic locations in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, in response to la…

[Vanguard] There was apprehension among riverine dwellers, yesterday, as the Nigerian Navy and Army deployed fighter jets and gunboats to the creeks and other strategic locations in Warri South-West Local Government Area, Delta State, in response to last Friday's threat by the Niger Delta Avengers, NDA, to resume bombing of oil facilities.

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PF Elects Youthful Official As North West Chairman

Young Jackson Kungo is the the new Patriotic Front boss for North Western Province. Kungo, 34, was until his election North Western Province youth chairperson. Emmanuel Chihili in a landslide victory. Kungo has proved to be the lone voice for … Continued

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Young Jackson Kungo is the the new Patriotic Front boss for North Western Province. Kungo, 34, was until his election North Western Province youth chairperson. Emmanuel Chihili in a landslide victory. Kungo has proved to be the lone voice for the ruling party and his loyalty paid off when he garnered 174 votes against Chihili’s 101 votes in a conference that was officially opened by Party President Edgar Lungu in Kabompo District. Chihili, who seems to have been imposed on the people, had become unpopular within the shortest period of time after being ushered to lead the provincial office a few months ago. He has in the recent past been accused of embracing only his friends from the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) where he came from before joining the Patriotic Front. But Kungo extended an olive branch declaring he was ready to work with every person in the province to ensure that people appreciate the ruling party’s government’s desires to transform their lives. “Don’t make me hate people that did not support me, let us all work together as a team so that our people begin to appreciate the works of government,†Kungo told members that gathered after his election. Kungo will be deputised by Tharzy Sichalwe a prominent business man. The New executive has seen an increased number in former District Commissioners joining the party leadership. Former Solwezi District Commissioners Folobisha Fulayi and Dennis Kanyakula have taken over as Secretary and Vice Secretary respectively. Former Zambezi District Commissioner Catherine Mukuma takes over as Women’s Chairperson while Former Mufumbwe District Commissioner Emmah Mankishi is the new women’s secretary. Amino Hara, the former provincial treasurers, has been elected Youth Provincial Chairperson and will be assisted by Harold Zholomi. The post PF Elects Youthful Official As North West Chairman appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Opposition Alliance Open to Sacked VP Mnangagwa

[263Chat] Opposition parties under the banner of MDC Alliance have expressed their willingness to accept victims of Zanu PF cleanup saying they are free to join the envisaged grand coalition of opposition parties to battle President Robert Mugabe in th…

[263Chat] Opposition parties under the banner of MDC Alliance have expressed their willingness to accept victims of Zanu PF cleanup saying they are free to join the envisaged grand coalition of opposition parties to battle President Robert Mugabe in the 2018 harmonized elections.

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Lack of Water Gives MP Sleepless Nights

[Botswana Daily News] Lerala -Temporary measures will be put in place to provide Sefhare/ Ramokgonami residents with water while awaiting the commencement of a major project to connect villages in the constituency to the North South Carrier pipeline.

[Botswana Daily News] Lerala -Temporary measures will be put in place to provide Sefhare/ Ramokgonami residents with water while awaiting the commencement of a major project to connect villages in the constituency to the North South Carrier pipeline.

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Ruling Party’s Chadzamira Returns Vehicle

[The Herald] Suspended Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira has been forced to surrender a party vehicle that he was reportedly holding on to after being suspended for allegedly inciting tribal hatred and spreading gossip and lies, …

[The Herald] Suspended Zanu-PF Masvingo provincial chairman Cde Ezra Chadzamira has been forced to surrender a party vehicle that he was reportedly holding on to after being suspended for allegedly inciting tribal hatred and spreading gossip and lies, among a litany of other charges.

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‘Bad Handwriting Stalling Bail Applications’

[The Herald] Atrocious and illegible handwriting by some magistrates coupled with laxity on the part of prosecutors are the major reasons why bail applications unnecessarily drag in violation of the suspects’ right to liberty, the High Court has said. …

[The Herald] Atrocious and illegible handwriting by some magistrates coupled with laxity on the part of prosecutors are the major reasons why bail applications unnecessarily drag in violation of the suspects' right to liberty, the High Court has said. High Court judge Justice Herbert Chitapi also ruled against the practice requiring litigants in applications for bail pending appeal, to carry the burden of transcribing the lower court's record, saying it was another hurdle that delays justice.

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FBI Investigates Banks Involved in Mozambique Loans

[AIM] Maputo -The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the role of the European banks Credit Suisse, VTB of Russia, and BNP Paribas of France for their role in loans of over two billion US dollars to three Mozambican sec…

[AIM] Maputo -The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the role of the European banks Credit Suisse, VTB of Russia, and BNP Paribas of France for their role in loans of over two billion US dollars to three Mozambican security-related companies, Ematum (Mozambique Tuna Company), Proindicus and MAM (Mozambique Asset Management).

source: AllAfrica News: Mozambique

Politburo May Seal Former VP Mnangagwa’s Fate

[The Herald] The Zanu-PF Politburo is meeting in Harare today amid indications that deliberations will centre on a number of issues including the fate of its Second Secretary, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired from his Government position as Vice P…

[The Herald] The Zanu-PF Politburo is meeting in Harare today amid indications that deliberations will centre on a number of issues including the fate of its Second Secretary, Cde Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was fired from his Government position as Vice President on Monday. Secretary for Information and Publicity Cde Simon Khaya Moyo confirmed the meeting yesterday without revealing its agenda.

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