Oriental Quarries has invested US$45 million into Oriental Builders’ Mart to be producing construction material. company managing director Moustafa Saadi has revealed.
And Agriculture Minister Given Lubinda says Zambia had the ability to produce goods that can be exported.
Mr Saadi said the products Oriental Builders’ Mart would be selling would include PVC windows and ceilings, decorative wall films, porcelain tiles, kitchen and wardrobes, doors, decorative concrete, smart stones and office furniture of Turkish origin.
“Burotime Office System is a complete office furniture solution to cater for all needs from a single work station to a complete fit out of a building from construction drawings,” he said.
And speaking during the showcasing of Oriental Builder’s Mart, Mr Lubinda commended the firm for its continued investments in the construction industry.
Mr Lubinda said Government would stand ready to partner with Oriental Quarries whenever they faced challenges in their construction and building investment in Zambia, adding that they should never hesitate to seek help from Government.
“These are the projects which Government would like to support, so I want to wish them well and call upon Zambians to support what Oriental is producing,” he said
Mr Lubinda said he was happy that Oriental Quarries had employed a few expatriates who had transferred construction and building skills to Zambians.
He said the company’s efforts should be encouraged by all well meaning Zambians.
Mr Lubinda said one of the challenges facing Zambia was the level of productivity.
“If Zambia is to compete then we must make sure that we compete on the basis of quality and efficiency in the way we produce our goods meant for export,” he said.
Mr Lubinda encouraged Oriental Quarries to continue investing in Zambia, adding that the firm had the potential to do even more.
He said Government was looking forward to seeing more ideas and innovative products on the market.