A local chef makes noodles during the temple fair held in Lusaka, Zambia, Jan. 24, 2016. The temple fair was held on Sunday to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Spring Festival in Lusaka. (Xinhua/Peng Lijun)
A local chef makes noodles during the temple fair held in Lusaka, Zambia, Jan. 24, 2016. The temple fair was held on Sunday to celebrate the upcoming Chinese Spring Festival in Lusaka. (Xinhua/Peng Lijun)

Zambians have been urged to emulate Chinese working culture to play a role in the country’s economic development, a lawmaker said on Wednesday.

Luanshya Member of Parliament Steven Chungu has praised the Chinese for their massive contribution to the fast economic growth of the Asian nation.

Chungu was speaking during the tour of Kafulafuta dam that the contractor working on the Kafulafuta Water supply system on the Copperbelt province was committed to bring about development in Zambia.

Chungu said China National Engineering Corporation Company (CNEC) was doing commendable job and urged the community in Zambia to support the firm as it executes its duties.

“There is need to support the company as it carries its job, especially the people of Masaiti, Luanshya, Ndola and other surrounding areas.”, Chungu said.

He also urged Zambians employed by CNEC not to engage themselves in illicit activities at work such as pilfering of company property.

“These would be very retrogressive, we need to change our mind sets as Zambians towards work,” he said.

“I am very impressed with the work done so far, our brothers, the Chinese are very committed to work, so we should emulate their attitude towards work as Zambians, ” he said.

And an employee working for the Chinese contractor, James Jere said he was privileged to work with the Chinese people and has learnt a lot in life.

“I have learnt a lot of skills from the Chinese, they are good and hard working, ” said Jere.

Jere said Chinese people should not be demonized saying they are good partners in development not only to Zambia but the entire world.

“Let us embrace them if we are to move forward as a country economically,” he said.

Once completed, the Kafulafuta Water supply System will supply water to four districts in the Copperbelt province. Enditem

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