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Chinese Charge d'affairs a.i. attends 18th National People's
Conference of Zanu-PF and reads solidarity message


The 18th National People's Conference of Zanu-PF took place at Goromonzi High School in Mashonaland East Province from 10 to 15 December under the theme "Mechanise, Modernise and Grow the Economy Towards Vision 2030".

The opening ceremony on the 13th was attended by the First Secretary and President of the Zanu-PF and President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa, Vice President and Second Secretary of the Zanu-PF and Vice President of Zimbabwe Constantino Chiwenga, Zanu-PF National Chairperson Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri, and over 7,000 delegates from the ten provinces of the countries. Mr. Zhao Baogang, Charge d'affaires a.i. of the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe attended the ceremony and read a congratulatory message from the CPC Central Committee.

In the message, the CPC Central Committee warmly congratulates on the opening of the conference and notes that it cherishes its long-standing friendship with Zanu-PF and stands ready to further deepen exchanges and cooperation between the two parties so as to steer the development of the China-Zimbabwe comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation towards new heights for the benefit of the two peoples.

Participants of the conference responded with multiple rounds of applause. President Mnangagwa, Vice President Chiwenga, Chairperson Muchinguri, other members of the Zanu-PF leadership, and the delegates expressed their appreciation for the message.

President Mnangagwa commends President Xi Jinping for his strategic vision in guiding the development of bilateral relations. He thanks China for its valuable support for Zimbabwe as the country faces economic difficulties and the good progress in the projects carried out with China's support. He says Zimbabwe deeply appreciates China's assistance and is committed to deepening the relations and cooperation between the two political parties and countries in various fields.

In his keynote speech at the opening ceremony, President Mnangagwa vows not to go back on the country's reform agenda and commits to ensuring adequate cash supply, arresting high prices of basic commodities, putting in place social safety nets, promoting the mechanisation and modernisation of the agriculture sector, pushing through the land audit, and implementing the strategy for the mining sector to realize Vision 2030 of building the country into an upper middle-income economy.

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