Bot­tle­necks to in­vest­ment must go: ED

The Manica Post - - Front Page - Rumbidzayi Zinyuke Se­nior Reporter

PRES­I­DENT Mnangagwa says Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to re­mov­ing all bot­tle­necks that have been mak­ing in­vest­ing in Zim­babwe dif­fi­cult, as well as open­ing up chan­nels to fa­cil­i­tate eas­ier trade be­tween Zim­babwe and in­ter­na­tional mar­kets through Mutare.

Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa was speak­ing at the of­fi­cial open­ing of the $40 mil­lion Wil­low­ton Re­fin­ery plant in Mutare last Fri­day.

“My Gov­ern­ment will con­tinue to elim­i­nate all in­vest­ment im­ped­i­ments, bu­reau­cratic bot­tle­necks, pub­lic sec­tor lethargy, de­lib­er­ate in­ef­fi­cien­cies and cor­rup­tion,” he said.

Added the Pres­i­dent: “This huge in­vest­ment com­ple­ments Gov­ern­ment’s call for value ad­di­tion and ben­e­fi­ci­a­tion of our pri­mary pro­duce from the agri­cul­ture sec­tor such as soya beans and sun­flower, among oth­ers.

“I am in­formed that this new plant boasts of new tech­nol­ogy that has en­hanced ef­fi­cien­cies in cooking oil pro­duc­tion with the po­ten­tial to pro­duce in­ter­na­tion­ally com­pet­i­tive prod­ucts.”

He said Wil­low­ton’s strate­gic lo­ca­tion in Mutare was in sync with the call to in­dus­try to de­cen­tralise their op­er­a­tions and lo­ca­tion and give im­pe­tus to in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion and the cre­ation of pro­vin­cial and ru­ral in­dus­try sys­tems, which would in turn help the growth of dis­tinct pro­vin­cial gross do­mes­tic prod­uct.

“Fol­low­ing my re­cent in­sight­ful re-en­gage­ment vis­its to Botswana, Zam­bia, Mozam­bique, South Africa and An­gola, I was de­lighted to note the tremen­dous mar­ket po­ten­tial for Zim­bab­wean prod­ucts.

“I en­cour­age you there­fore to fully use

—Pic­ture: Ti­nai Nyadzayo your strate­gic prox­im­ity to the port of Wil­low­ton Zim­babwe is a sub­sidiary of Beira and ex­port prod­ucts to the broader South Africa-based Wil­low­ton Group. It re­gional, con­ti­nen­tal and global mar­kets. man­u­fac­tures a wide range of prod­ucts I fur­ther urge the pri­vate sec­tor in gen­eral in­clud­ing ed­i­ble oils, mar­garines, toi­letries, to seize the in­cred­i­ble mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties laun­dry and bath soaps, can­dles, bak­ing that ex­ist be­yond our bor­ders,” said and in­dus­trial fats. the Pres­i­dent. The com­pany opened shop in 2016 and

Gov­ern­ment, he said, was seized with is the sec­ond pro­ject in Man­i­ca­land, af­ter stream­lin­ing and sim­pli­fy­ing im­port Green­fuel in Chisumbanje to be awarded and ex­port reg­u­la­tions, rules, and proNa­tional Pro­ject Sta­tus be­cause of the ce­dures in the spirit of SADC, Comesa, and im­mense con­tri­bu­tion it will make to new Africa Con­ti­nen­tal Free Trade Area eco­nomic growth.

(ACFTA) pro­to­cols. Wil­low­ton Zim­babwe em­ploys over 140 em­ploy­ees di­rectly with a num­ber of key po­si­tions be­ing oc­cu­pied by women in line with Gov­ern­ment’s gen­der pol­icy.

The plant has a ca­pac­ity to re­fine 6 000 tonnes of cooking oil, 5 000 tonnes of laun­dry bars of soap and 1 000 tonnes of beauty soap per month. They pro­duce cooking oil brands such as D-lite and Sun­foil, Sona beauty soap and Britelite laun­dry bar.

Wil­low­ton is about 300km from the port of Beira, which makes it ideal for ex­plo­ration of in­ter­na­tional mar­kets.

Pres­i­dent Mnangagwa is shown a de­ter­gent pro­duced by Wil­low­ton Zim­babwe dur­ing a tour of the com­pany's plant in Mutare re­cently.

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