The team includes ministers Sithembiso Nyoni (
According to information obtained by the Zimbabwe Independent this week, Chinamasa's team will depart on Tuesday on a 10-day working visit ostensibly to "study the working of the Chinese economy at the invitation of the Chinese government."
"The delegation is leaving for
"Chinese officials are also expected to make a reciprocal visit in the coming months and all of this will culminate in a visit to
This is not the first time Chinamasa has been to the Asian country but so far he has had no joy. Earlier this year he failed to secure
"The Chinese wanted something more tangible than a mere policy pronouncement such as ZimAsset," a top government official said of Chinamasa's unsuccessful trip in January, adding that "they were very clear that they wanted bankable projects as well as a breakdown of when the projects that the government plans to undertake will break even."
ZimAsset aims to grow the economy by 6,1% this year, with the ultimate target of achieving a 9, 9% growth rate by 2018 -- but government is struggling to secure funding for these plans.
Chinamasa and Bimha were not available for comment as their phones were unreachable. Minister Nyoni confirmed the trip but could not give details on the proposed programme.
"Yes we are going to
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