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AVM Africa-Belarus bus deal technical aspects finalised

Story by Tichaona Kurewa

THE Zimbabwe – Belarus bus manufacturing deal is set to take off, with all the technical aspects of the agreement having been finalised.

The two countries signed a Memorandum of Understanding early this year under, which the eastern European country’s Minsk Automobile Plant entered into a joint venture with AVM Africa to manufacture Mercedes Benz-powered buses in Zimbabwe.

In an interview with ZBC News in Victoria Falls, AVM Africa Managing Director Mr Jacob Kupa revealed the MOU would be operationalised before the end of the year.

“The technical team from Belarus was in the country last month to finalise the technical aspect of the JV in terms of drive linesman terms of bus bodies that we need and that has been finalised. They are putting that together and as soon as they are done they will bring it back to us for finalisation,” he said.

Mr Kupa added that the bus manufacturer has also agreed with Dinson Iron and Steel Company to set up a factory to manufacture bus bodies on-site. 

“We have discussed and agreed with Manhize Steel Plant, it’s interesting because 90 percent of the materials on the bus are steel. Now that we have a steel plant in Zimbabwe, it’s a big bonus from the Second Republic for the manufacturing of buses. Most of the fabrication will now be done on-site, and material preparation for bus manufacturing will now be done on-site at the Manhize Steel plant.” 

The automotive sector is being revived to match the days when it was the cornerstone of Zimbabwe’s economy, contributing significantly to the country’s growth and development.

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