Lafarge expands footprint in Zimbabwe

By Reuben Barwe, Chief Correspondent

The conducive business operating environment which has been created by the Second Republic is achieving the desired results, with cement manufacturer Lafarge working on expanding its operations in Zimbabwe.

This came out when top officials from Lafarge and Syngenta Chemicals paid courtesy calls on President Emmerson Mnangagwa on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland this Wednesday.

First to pay a courtesy call on the President was Lafarge Corporate Area Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa/ Indian Ocean, Mr John Stull, who confirmed his company’s efforts to expand its footprint in Zimbabwe.

“I am from Lafarge Zimbabwe Zimbabwe and we discussed our business in Zimbabwe, how we can make it better and how we can make it grow. We currently have a project which is ongoing, and we invited the President to come and view our project,” he said.

The development comes as good news to Zimbabwe, which is on a massive infrastructure development drive.

Syngenta Chemicals Chief Executive Officer, Mr Erik Fyrwald also paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa where the improved investment climate in the country was topical.

“We had a very nice conversation with the President about the incredible potential for agriculture in Zimbabwe, to not only feed all the people of Zimbabwe, but also to be an export. We very much appreciate the business that Syngenta group has today in Zimbabwe and we look forward to a closer relationship and more relationships to work together. Today in Zimbabwe we sell seed and crop protection products for farmers. We also have a foundation that works with public seed development that also benefits farmers today. But we see much more potential that’s why we had a meeting with the President to discuss how we can unlock that potential,” he said.

The meetings gave the investors an opportunity to brief the President on their investment plans in Zimbabwe.

It was also a confidence vote on the country’s investment climate, given the country’s Open for Business thrust.