Local assembling plant for Chinese trucks in offing

CHINESE automaker Foton Motor Company is set to assemble trucks in Tanzania to support transportation sector especially after significant improvement at the Dar es Salaam port.

The Chinese automaker which launched its first assembled trucks in Kenya in January this year is set to begin assembling of trucks immediately after it secures government approval, the Company’s Country Director, Mr Michael Man revealed.

“We are sure that investing in transportation sector has something important to do with achieving industrialisation as per the fifth phase government’s target,” he said during the showcase of Foton Motor products in Dar es Salaam over the weekend.

“Apart from the national economic benefits, the company, which has 12 factories in the country, is also eagerly supporting the government in efforts to address unemployment challenge to the youth.

At the same time, we will exchange the knowledge and sharpen skills because most Tanzanians will learn from Chinese experts in the field,” he said.

Commenting on the benefits of locally truck assembling, Director for Z ash Transport Company, Mr Hasnain Dewji said that, the local assembling of trucks would help transporter get trucks and spare parts at competitive prices.

“There are two or more ways of job creation in this juncture. When Truck assembler offers job opportunities, transporters also do the same as they will be able purchasing more trucks due to price affordability, and offer the jobs in driving and workshop departments, among others,” he said.

He supported the motion that improvements at the Dar es Salaam port will greatly contribute in to development in the transportation sector, hence, promotion of national and individual economic benefits.

Founded in 1996, Foton Motor Group (formerly known as Beiqi Foton Motor Co) offers commercial vehicles including light, medium and heavy-duty trucks, vans, pickups, buses and construction machinery.

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