Zimbabwe signs deal with King Long, Xiamen's luxury coach manufacturer

Updated: 16 Sep 2009
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ZIMBABWE has signed agreements of co-operation with two international companies — a luxury coach manufacturer and a construction consortium as the country goes overdrive in its preparations to tap into the economic gains of the 2010 World Cup soccer finals slated for South Africa.

One of the agreements is with world acclaimed manufacturer of luxury coaches, King Long, to supply and fund 17 to 51-seater buses for Zimbabwean tour operators and the transport industry, ahead of the soccer extravaganza.

The agreement was signed between Secretary for Tourism and Hospitality Industry Mrs Enifer Mutsau, Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive Mr Karikoga Kaseke and King Long’s Africa Export manager Mr Jero Leao at the weeklong China International Investment and Trade Conference being held in the city of Xiamen.

Mr Kaseke was representing tour operators and hoteliers while Mrs Mutsau was representing the Government of Zimbabwe.

"The deal has been sealed and the number of coaches to be supplied will be determined by our national requirements so we have told tour operators to start working on the figures before a King Long delegation’s visit this month-end.

"Under the agreement, King Long will supply the buses and our tour operators will payback on agreed terms and ZTA will co-ordinate the process.

"We visited King Long’s factory and inspected the buses and we were satisfied with them. All we now need is to put our house in order before month-end when they come,’’ said Mr Kaseke in a telephone interview from Xiamen.

He added, "King Long will supply the buses as soon as the tour operators come up with consolidated figures.’’

Zimbabwe also signed a co-operation agreement with Anhui Foreign Investment Construction Group, for hotel and related infrastructure refurbishment and construction.

Anhui has just completed the construction of the new Chinese Embassy in Malborough, Harare, the construction of Golden Peacock Villas in Madagascar, an international airport, national stadium and international conference centre in Maputo, Mozambique, among others.

"These ones have done a lot of construction work in Africa and we want them to help us work on our hotel and related buildings before 2010.

"Their delegation will visit Zimbabwe the first week of October and we expect them to meet our hospitality industry. Once again it is important to put our house in order,’’ said Mr Kaseke.

He said the agreement had been signed with the company’s foreign manager Mr Cui Luleu.

The 13th edition of the conference has attracted international investors from 101 countries and Zimbabwe is among the 21 African countries attending.

Two days into the conference, Zimbabwe had secured possible funding for 40 tourism, development, marketing and promotion projects out of the 60 proposals in had carried.


SOURCE: by Isdore Guvamombe


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