Government has urged construction companies in Zambia to consider buying their steel from the Kafue Steel plant.
Minister of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba says buying steel from Kafue Steel plant is one way of supporting local industries in the country.
Mr. Mushimba says the Kafue Steel plant produces good quality steel which competes well on both local and international markets.
He said this during a tour of the Kafue Steel plant to check on how the company is operating and to see how government can help in creating an enabling environment for the industry to succeed.
The Minister said government was committed to making Kafue town an iron and steel economic zone.
He added that government was in a hurry to support local industries in order to promote diversification in the country.
Meanwhile, Kafue Steel Plant Executive Technical Director Julius Kaoma expressed gratitude that government is eager to support the company.
Mr. Kaoma said the company is fully Zambian financed, operated and owned.
He said Kafue Steel plant produces good quality steel as certified by the Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS) and the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS).
Kafue Steel plant produces about 10,000 tonnes of steel per month although it is greatly affected by intermittent electricity supply like many other Zambians.