Feeling better: Sata goes to China this week
Ailing president Michael Sata will force himself by going to China this week where he is expected to arrive on Thursday, 4th April 2013 for a state visit .
In the past four days Sata suddenly became very active and presented himself to the public three times over the holiday. The first time he was seen in public was on Friday at a Church service where he was more concerned about his sickness than prayers. He was asking reporters if he looked dead.
On Sartuday he went to Luangwa where he said his government would within 24 months construct a road from Feira through Mtendere in Lusaka to Zimbabwe.
Whilst is China Sata will also attend the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) in Boao, Hainan province south of the capital of Beijing.
Sata and 25 other Heads of State and government leaders will share opinions on pressing issues with a view of promoting regional economic integration and bringing Asian countries closer to their development goals.
Mr. Sata is expected to make a presentation at the BFA will also hold official bilateral talks with his host President Xi Jingping which will culminate into the signing of bilateral agreements at Sheraton hotel in Sanya.
The BFA will be held under the theme ‘Asia Seeking Development for All: Restructuring, Responsibility & Cooperation’ and is scheduled to take place between April 6th to 8th this week.
President Sata will also deliver a key note at the Sub Forum, Africa: Rise of an Ancient Continent.
He is also scheduled to meet government leaders of Shenzen on to discuss issues surrounding economic zones.
Zambia is currently planning to establish industrial clusters in all the ten provinces with the aim of improving trade and commerce in the country.
He is also expected to hold bilateral meetings with Chinese Premier of the State Council Li Kequiang and chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Part Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda, Home Affairs Minister Effron Lungu and Commerce Minister Emmanuel Chenda and other government officials, are expected to accompany him.
On arrival in Beijing, the Zambian dictator will be received by Mines Minister Christopher Yamfwa, Transport Minister Christopher Yaluma and Tourism Deputy Minister David Phiri. All these people are paid huge allowances on top of the air fees and accommodation costs.
Sata will also meet the Zambian community living in China and attend the Zambia-China economic and investment forum to be hosted by the Zambian Embassy and China Non Ferrous Metal Mining Company before concluding his business in China.