THE reopening of China-Zambia Mulungushi Textiles next month will support the country in its quest for value addition in order to export already processed local products such as cotton thread, Private Sector Association of Zambia (PSDA) has said.
PSDA chairperson Yusuf Dodia said in an interview that the reopening of the Mulungushi Textiles was a good initiative as the company would continue processing cotton and later produce fabric and thread for export.
“As a country, we have always pushed for value addition to our raw materials, hence the reopening of the Mulungushi Textiles will continue with that agenda where we are growing cotton in Zambia and it’s actually processed into thread to produce local products,” he said.
Mr Dodia said Zambia would now be able to get value for its raw materials as it would be processed before being exported.
“It is a very good initiative to reopen the Mulungushi Textiles to continue processing cotton and producing fabric.
“Zambia is a country that has always produced raw materials. In the last 10-20 years, we have seen our textiles closed down and seen our cotton going outside the country, either in raw form or in the form of thread to other countries,” he said.
He hoped that other companies such as the Kafue Textiles would follow suit and begin producing local fabric.
“From cotton, I hope that other companies will pick up on this initiative so that we can see other companies like Kafue Textiles to re-organise themselves and begin to produce fabric.
“Textiles industry has always shown that it could be a very promising industry in Zambia and it’s an opportunity for us to take advantage of that to see what we can do,” he said.
President Edgar Lungu last week announced that Mulungushi Textiles would be reopened on August 1 and that the initiative was expected to create about 2, 500 jobs for the local people by December this year.