GONOW Zambia Limited is expected to start the construction of a US$175 million motor vehicle-assembling plant after the approval by the Zambia Environmental Management Agency (ZEMA) in September.
Last year, Gonow motor vehicle, a Chinese brand in Zambia, had submitted an environmental impact assessment for review to ZEMA for the proposed construction of a motor vehicle-assembling plant at Lusaka South multi-facility economic zone (LS-MFEZ).
The last major motor vehicle manufacturing plant Zambia had was Livingstone Motor Assembly, which closed in 1992.
In an interview on Friday, Gonow Zambia Limited director Gerald Makungu said the plant, which will sit on 2.5 hectares, is expected to open up many opportunities including business and partnership prospects, job creation and will further improve the livelihood of the populace.
Mr Makungu is optimistic that the construction of the plant will help spearhead industrialisation in Zambia, improve competition and wealth creation.
“We are very happy that we will soon start the construction of the plant immediately after the ground-breaking ceremony anytime soon… Our partners, Forland from China, are currently in the country to witness the ground-breaking ceremony.
“We are confident that the creation of the plant will help steer the economic growth. We have already engaged a contractor, Wah Kong Enterprises Limited, which is expected to employ about 70 locals in the construction phase and building will take about six month,” he said.
It is anticipated that the company will assemble 20 vehicles a day for distribution within the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
Mr Makungu is encouraged that Government is facilitating and promoting the growth of the private sector.
He said the establishment of the plant is a milestone in the development of the motor industry in Zambia, and in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, SADC and the East African Community.