Construction work of a multi-million dollar Cowdray Park shopping complex in Bulawayo is set to begin following a ground breaking ceremony officiated by Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa this Sunday afternoon.

Breaking the ground, Cde Mnangagwa said government will continue to put in place legislative framework that seeks to ease the way of doing business in the country.

Cde Mnangagwa also commended SAI Investment for having confidence in the country’s economy.

The groundbreaking ceremony was witnessed by scores of people, among them business people, officials from Sai Investment, a company behind the US$12 million dollar complex, and residents of Cowdray Park and surrounding suburbs.

SAI Investment Executive Director, Mr Rajex Modi, who is the proprietor of the complex had praises for the country’s investment climate, saying his company is willing to roll out more developmental projects.

The project, which will be the biggest shopping mall in Bulawayo measuring about 12 000 square meters is expected to create at least 1000 jobs in its initial phase with 300 more once the initial phase is finished.

The complex will be an upmarket shopping mall with a department store, specialty shops, entertainment area and cinema, together with ancillary services like banks and a medical centre, among other utilities.

The ground breaking ceremony also witnessed Cde Mnangagwa handing over part of the US$10 000 food hampers’ donation to the needy in Cowdray Park by Sai Investments.

Earlier, Cde Mnangagwa attended a mass at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church, which coincided with Palm Sunday.

He urged the church to assist the government by preaching the gospel of peace for the nation to be governable.

Cde Mnangagwa handed over a cheque of US$5000 from Sai Investment while he personally donated US$1000 for the refurbishment of the hall at the church which was destroyed by fire caused by an electrical fault.