Pamela Shumba

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PRESIDENT Mugabe left for Tanzania this morning (Saturday) to attend the China-Africa Young Leaders Forum, which kicks off later today.

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The African Union Chair was seen off at Harare International Airport by Vice-Presidents Emmerson Mnangagwa and Phelekezela Mphoko, Defence Minister Sydney Sekeramayi, Economic Planning Minister Simon Khaya Moyo, Harare Provincial Affairs Minister Miriam Chikukwa and Service Chiefs.

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The meeting will discuss issues affecting young African and Chinese leaders in the wake of growing global capitalism.

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It is also geared towards attracting investment and giving African entrepreneurs exposure.

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About 150 delegates from 40 African countries – including Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete – are expected to attend.

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China’s Ambassador to Tanzania Dr Lu Youqing was quoted saying the forum is a significant tool in enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the Asian county and Africa.

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Dr Youqing hoped the consensus reached at the forum would spur even closer co-operation.