The construction of Kanyemba multi-modal logistics hub has received a seal of approval from stakeholders who converged in Mazowe to assess modalities to undertake the project.
This comes after Mbire Rural District Council courted an investor, Zura Southern Africa who tabled a concept plan to unlock the US$160 million investment project which will enhance trade between Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Construction of the hub will be done in two phases and it will see the building of a landing bay, roll in roll out ramp, solar plant, fuel bay and creation of a vocational training facility inside 42 months.
Provincial Development Coordinator, Mr Cosmas Chiringa said the project resonates with the government’s devolution thrust.
“The developments earmarked for Kanyemba are critical and will go a long way in meeting the envisioned town council status for Mbire by 2023 as well as uplift the lives of the local people. This will also improve the GDP of the district and [Mashonaland Central] province as a whole,” revealed Mr Chiringa.
Zura Southern Africa leaders said the project is critical in unlocking investment opportunities that lie in the region.
“The river (Zambezi) shouldn’t be a barrier but a symbol of development. From an international standpoint this particular project brings about international co-corporation. It is a powerful tool to other sectors like tourism…,” said Darren Moore, a representative of Zura Southern Africa.
The government designated Kanyemba a special economic zone status due to its climatic and ecological conditions which mirror resort towns of Victoria Falls and Kariba.
The completion of the US$160 million project will cement the Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia (ZIMOZA) pact as Southern Africa seeks to reduce trade embargoes.
Zura has also done similar projects in Morocco (Settata logistics hub and dry port) as well as in Kenya.
However, the Kanyemba project will be the largest and feasibility studies reflect that the two phases will be completed in the shortest periods of 18 months and 24 months respectively.