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Zambian leader urges officials to start implementing agreements with China
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2006-11-20 13:51
Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa has directed ministers and other government officials to start implementing bilateral agreements that Zambia signed with China during the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperationwhich concluded recently.

Briefing journalists at the airport upon his return from China on Saturday, Mwanawasa said his trip was successful and there was a need to implement what was agreed on now.

"It was a most successful tour and what remains now will be forus, the relevant officers responsible for implementing various issues, to do so," Mwanawasa was quoted by Sunday's Zambia Daily Mail as saying.

Mwanawasa said it would be no use to arrange various projects but fail to implement them, noting that a president should not be expected to be an implementing officer.

"My responsibility is to spearhead and to find these opportunities and the implementation part of it is supposed to be for ministers and officials," he said.

Mwanawasa said the Chinese government has agreed to help Zambiaconstruct a modern stadium upon a request by the Zambian government.

He said his government had also secured a debt cancellation in connection with the Tanzania-Zambia Railway which was designed and built with the assistance from China in the 1970's.

The president said the assistance from China was practical especially in reducing poverty.

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