Bus operators urged to boost local manufacturing industries

Abel Karowangoro

The Bus and Truck Cluster Value Chain has invited local bus operators to collaborate with the organization to meet their fleet needs and, in turn, support Zimbabwe’s component manufacturing and industrialisation strategy.

The Bus and Truck Cluster Value Chain is a pivotal player in the manufacturing and assembly of various prime mover, refuse collection, passenger transport vehicles, and it aims to become a vital resource for transport, farmers and commercial operators across the region.

In an exclusive interview with Review & Mail, chairman of the organisation, Mr Patrick Munyaradzi underscored made a case for the rise of local manufacturing and assembly of buses and trucks, which will bolster the transportation sector in Zimbabwe and the broader African market.

Said Mr Munyaradzi: “We are working closely with renowned industry leaders such as Amalgamated Buses Industries, Deven Engineering, AVM Africa, Quest Motors, and Willovale Motor Industries. Together, we possess the expertise and capability to produce buses and trucks tailored to the unique needs of transport operators.”

Mr Munyaradzi invited bus and transport operators to visit the Bus and Truck Cluster Value Chain assembly plants and offices to engage in discussions about their specific requirements and potential financing options.

This initiative not only seeks to provide cost-effective solutions for bus and transport operators but also aligns with the broader goal of advancing manufacturing and assembly businesses within Zimbabwe. and the African Continental Free Trade Area

Mr Munyaradzi said the significance of this effort in supporting the local component manufacturing strategy of the Ministry of Industry to ensure locally manufactured buses and trucks conform to the rules of origin of the African Continental free Trade Area.

The call to action by the Bus and Truck Cluster Value Chain highlights the potential for collaborative efforts between industry players and transportation operators to drive local manufacturing, enhance regional transportation services, and contribute to Zimbabwe’s economic growth.

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