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$175m vehicle assembly plant launched

MINISTER of Commerce Margaret Mwanakatwe (left) unveils a plaque at the ground-breaking ceremony of Gonow Zambia motor vehicle assembly plant construction site at the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone yesterday. Looing on is Ministry of Commerce Permanent Secretary Kayula Siame (centre) and Gonow Zambia Limited chief executive officer Siisii Mukelabai (second right). PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI

CONSTRUCTION of the US$175 million motor vehicle assembling plant with a capacity of 20 units a day has begun at the Lusaka South Multi-Facility Economic Zone (LS-MFEZ).
The venture is expected to create 500 jobs.
Gonow Zambia Limited has partnered with China’s third largest producer and supplier of pick-up vehicles, Zhejang Gonow Auto Company, to set up a modern plant on 2.5 hectares.
The construction of the plant and installation of machinery is expected to be completed in the next eight months.
The last major motor vehicle manufacturing plant Zambia had was Livingstone Motor Assembly, which closed in 1992.

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