Zhang is the Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC)
Mark’s visit, which is on the invitation of the Chinese Parliament, is part of capacity-development programme between Nigeria and China.
Mark is leading Senators Ganiyu Solomon ( Minority whip), Helen Esuene (Chairman,Senate Committee on Women Affairs) and Garba Babayo Gamawa (Vice Chairman, Aviation).
Others are Senators Isa Mohammed Galaudu (Vice Chairman, Banking) Sonni Ogbuoji (Vice Chairman, Appropriation) and Ibrahim Saminu Turaki to the Inter-Parliamentary parley.
According to the Senate President’s itinerary made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), he will also meet with the Nigeria/China Business Forum and the Nigerian Business Community in China.
Thereafter, the Senate President and his entourage will proceed on another visit to Tianjin where they will be received by the Chairman of the Municipal Peoples Congress.
The team is also expected to visit the memorial home of the Chinese legend Mao Zedong, the late Chinese leader who is still affectionately referred to as Chairman Mao, 37 years after his death.
The Nigerian parliamentarians will hold talks with their Chinese counterparts on Inter-Parliamentary cooperation and the role of the legislature in strengthening and deepening democracy, especially between the two countries.
Mark, had in September 2013, played host to the President of the Chinese Senate, Zhang Dejiang, in Abuja.
During the meeting, Zhang extended an invitation to Mark to visit China to further the inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two nations.
“The President of the parliament visited us last year and this is a return visit which we hope would, in the end, be beneficial to the two countries, ” Mark said. (NAN)