【CHINA DAILY】中国企业拟在津巴布韦建设经济特区

来源:CHINA DAILY 2015-07-10

                                             

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 (Zimbabwe vicepresident Emmerson Mnangagwa visits Qingdao Hengshun Zhongsheng Group Co Ltd inQingdao, Shandong province on July 9. Hengshun Zhongsheng is to work with other two companies tobuild a special economic zone and an industrial park in Zimbabwe. Jiang Yongliang / For China Daily)

        Chinese companies will join hands with the Zimbabwe government to build a special economiczone and an industrial park in Zimbabwe to further stimulate the country's economic developmentand transformation, according to Emmerson Mnangagwa, vice-president of Zimbabwe.

He said investors can enjoy several preferential policies in the special economic zone and canalso put up industrial parks and factory shells to rent out to other companies.

Mnangagwa made the remarks at a signing ceremony for the project during a two-day visit toQingdao, Shandong province, on Thursday and Friday. Qingdao is also the home of many giantindustrial and home appliance manufacturers such as Haier Group and Hisense Group.

"The government and the people of Zimbabwe are ready to render all the necessary support toprotect Chinese as well as all other foreign investments in the country," he said.

There are three major investors in this project, including Qingdao Hengshun Zhongsheng GroupCo Ltd, China Railway Eryuan Engineering Group Co Ltd and Qingdao City ConstructionInvestment Group.

It will be supported by the Qingdao government, the Ministry of Industry and Commerce ofZimbabwe and the China Development Corporation Ltd.

As the first party to the special economic zone project, Hengshun, a firm focusing on electricprojects and equipment, said private companies can also play a crucial role in the "going global"strategy and the Belt and Road Initiative, by using its industrial advantages and overseasoperation experience, said Jia Quanchen, chairman of Hengshun.

"We started investing in the overseas market in 2011 and now we have established a ferronickelindustrial park in Indonesia. We have developed and accumulated our experience in industrialpark investment, development, attracting business, and operation," he said.

"The signing of the agreement is a recognition of our industrial park mode. We also highly valueZimbabwe's advantages in resources, investment environment and development potential andwe intend to copy our Indonesia model in a more sophisticated way in Africa," he said.

The industrial park will use power generation as core competence to build up all the infrastructureand then focus on processing industries such as mining and other manufacturing to increase theadded value of local raw materials. This will establish a full industry chain and benefit bothupstream and downstream business, said Jia.

This project is a key trial of the Belt and Road Initiative, under which both State-owned andprivate firms are investing in the foreign market. The industrial park will further accelerate thetransfer of China's excess capacity, capital, technology and management, with a focus on railwayconstruction, as well as power generation, metallurgic and agricultural equipment export,according to Jia.

Zimbabwe is located in southern Africa, endowed with abundant natural resources like diamond,platinum, gold, chrome and iron ore. In 2014, trade between the two nations reached {content}.24billion.

Mnangagwa said as an all-weather friend of China, Zimbabwe has been learning from Chinathroughout history and this exchange will provide an essential window for Chinese businesses toenrich their understanding of the country.

The mining sector requires $5-6 billion in the next five years for capital to increase capacity to anaverage of 80 percent, thus the investment in this field are welcomed, he said, adding that jointventures are critical avenues to supplement the nation's limited fiscal space and the governmentencourages joint ventures in various forms.

     

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