Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) and the UK’s Clavel Group plan industrial park in Zambia – exact location yet undetermined
[GBP Note: A key takeaway from this article is how industrial parks can add value not just to their tenant companies but to a whole nation. From below: "The industrial park would enable engineers and nations build Zambia in the 21st Century through industrial revolution."]
As posted in the Times of Zambia
By Judith Hara -
THE Engineering Institute of Zambia (EIZ) and the United Kingdom (UK) based company Clavel Group have gone into partnership to create an avenue for the establishment of an industrial park under the EIZ industrialisation council.
Clavel chief executive officer Clive Chirwa disclosed this during the EIZ discussion forum in Lusaka on Wednesday when he presented a paper on value addition to natural resources and crops as final frontier to real economic growth for Zambia.
Professor Chirwa said Clavel Group would invest US$2 million in the industrial park which would house technology businesses like motor vehicles manufacturing.
He said the grouping plans to start works in January 2013. They have already applied for land from local authorities in Lusaka, Kitwe and Luanshya on which to set up the industrial park.
It will further design and manufacture machines like aerospace apparatus, buses, ambulances, tractors, silos, rolling stock for railway and military motor vehicles.
He said through the partnership, they would initiate new enterprises that would make change in the way business was done through manufacturing and value addition in the country.
The industrial park would enable engineers and nations build Zambia in the 21st Century through industrial revolution.
“We want to manufacture buses, ambulances and military vehicles within the country. So we will be meeting relevant ministries to find out if they will express interest to buy from us once we manufacture them,” Professor said.
He said the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) was in the process of negotiating for land with the councils in Lusaka, Kitwe and Luanshya saying the partners wanted at least 20 hectares.
“Whichever council will respond quickly, then that’s where we are going to set up the park,” he said.
He said for a sustainable economic development in a nation, vehicles that enhance the wellbeing of an economy, infrastructure and all support systems should be made locally, hence the need to set up the industrial park.
Prof Chirwa said his firm wanted EIZ Council to be the driver, hence the partnership so that they could produce technology transfer.