Zimbabwe’s government plans to construct a cargo village at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport (HRE), as well as install state-of-the-art ground handling support equipment at a total cost of USD 2.4 million.
Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Joram Gumbo said the tender documents for the procurement of ground support equipment has been submitted to the Procurement Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (PRAZ), according to a report in The Herald.
The ground handling equipment will be procured and installed under a USD 2.2 million facility to be loaned by CBZ Bank.
“The equipment will improve ground handling capacity for the country and be able to handle increased business activity in the country,” Gumbo said.
On the cargo village, Gumbo said the concept has been approved and feasibility studies were in progress. The construction of the USD 200,000 cargo village is to be financed by internally generated resources, the report noted.
“This will unlock cargo export potential for the country and gives confidence to external investors. Protracted stakeholders’ consultations and preliminary studies are underway,” said Gumbo.
Zimbabwe’s Government has stepped up efforts to improve local aviation facilities, recently announcing it had secured a USD 153 million loan from the China Export Import Bank for the expansion of the International Airport by Chinese construction and engineering firm, China Jiangsu.