COMESA says African countries should learn from China's development path

10:29, June 29, 2011      

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Secretary General of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Sindiso Ngwenya has said that African countries should learn from China's development path.

Ngwenya made the remarks when he received letter of credence from the newly appointed Chinese Ambassador to Zambia and Special Representative to COMESA Zhou Yuxiao in Lusaka on Tuesday.

Ngwenya said China's reform program from the late 1970's has boosted the economic development and many countries in Africa should follow the same path.

He said Zambia, for example, urgently needs technology and other assistance to modernize its agricultural development in order to combat the challenge of food and nutrition security.

For his part, Zhou Yuxiao said China would continue to offer its support to the capacity building of COMESA and its major projects, and encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in COMESA member states.

He also assured the COMESA secretary general China's continuous contribution to the regional integration and the building of the Great COMESA-SADC-EAC Free Trade Zone.

Formed in December 1994, COMESA is the largest economic organization in the region. The current 19 member states account for a population of about 400 million and gross domestic product of 360 billion U.S.dollars.

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