Zimbabwe: Chinese firm in USD 400 million glass project

The Jingniu Group, a Chinese firm, will spend about USD 400 million in the next five years to build a glass manufacturing factory in Kadoma, Zimbabwe.
Construction of the glass production and process…

The Jingniu Group, a Chinese firm, will spend about USD 400 million in the next five years to build a glass manufacturing factory in Kadoma, Zimbabwe. Construction of the glass production and processing centre by the Jingniu Group is already underway amid expectation that the project might give employment to thousands of workers who were left jobless following the closure of gold mines and textile factories in and around Kadoma. “With a planned investment of USD 400 million and occupying an area of 100 hectares, China Jingniu Glass Factory in Zimbabwe is expected to be completed in five years”, said a statement jointly issued by the Ministry of Commerce of the People“s Republic of China, China National Machinery and Equipment Corporation and CMEC International Exhibition Company. Once built, the plant would become the second glass-manufacturing project to operate in Kadoma after a similar project by Romanian firm, Romsit, a joint venture with the Industrial Development Corporation, collapsed in the 1990s after it failed to produce durable glass. Under Zimbabwe“s “Look East Policy”, the country has been promoting ties with Chinese companies. Trade volumes between the two countries is expected to reach USD 500 million in 2008 from USD 275 million in 2006. China has become the country“s second largest trading partner after South Africa although the balance of trade has remained in favour of the Asian economic giant.