President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Thursday requested a Chinese construction firm, Shanghai Construction Group, to establish offices in Zimbabwe.
The company is constructing the new Parliament Building in Mt Hampden under a $98 million grant extended to Zimbabwe by the Chinese government.
Speaking after a tour of the 650-seater building, Mnangagwa said:
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This company (Shanghai Construction Group) which is building this Parliament for us has been on the continent for many years, possibly decades and has repute across the continent for constructing buildings or infrastructure of repute.
Now they are in Zimbabwe and they are building this one for us freely. We are grateful, but I would wish that they continue to remain in Zimbabwe. In the area of infrastructure development, Zimbabwe is still lagging behind and I am informed that this company has multiple skills in the area of construction of infrastructure.
Even by the time we complete this project, there are other projects currently being discussed and seeking financing and I have no doubt that we will be able to select you to implement such projects in Zimbabwe.