9 November 2012

Zambia: Toyota Zambia Launches New Land Cruiser Model

TOYOTA Zambia has launched a new Land Cruiser 79 Series Double Cab pickup.

The new Land Cruiser was launched in Lusaka on Wednesday evening at a ceremony graced by Transport, Works, Supply and Communications, Christopher Yaluma.

During the launch, Toyota Zambia chief executive officer John Connell praised the Government for encouraging a positive investment climate.

"I would like to take this opportunity to commend the Government of Zambia for their commitment to improving the ease of doing business evidenced by the national Budget that seeks to expand and improve infrastructural services in the transport and energy sectors.

"The model we have launched, Land Cruiser 79 Series Double Cab, is an addition to the Land Cruiser Pick Up range, which is no stranger to the Zambian market, having firmly established itself with its rugged offroad characteristics, quality, durability and reliability, which is unique to the Toyota Land Cruiser family," he said.

Mr Yaluma said Government would support new technologies that benefit Zambians.

He said that his ministry was ready to work with any investor willing to contribute to the development of the country and ensure the benefits trickled down to the local people.

"Toyota, you are a market leader and we will support you and your technologies, but I urge you to employ more of our local people especially the womenfolk and more in the management positions," Mr Yaluma said.

And Pick 'n Pay on Wednesday hosted an open day for Copperbelt Province-based small-scale farmers to encourage them to supply their produce to the chain store.

Maya Ntanda reports that the open day held at Edinburgh Hotel in Kitwe was aimed at engaging local suppliers to learn more about the requirements for the supply of products to the chain store.

Pick 'n Pay general manager Andy Roberts said during the event that the entity wanted to build relations with Zambian suppliers for the overall supply of fruits and vegetables.

Mr Roberts said the company wanted to build a cordial relationship with the local small and medium entrepreneurs while helping them to develop their businesses.

"We are dependent on building relations with Zambian suppliers and Pick 'n Pay prides itself on the sourcing of local fruit and vegetables.

"Currently, 70 per cent of the volume of fruit and vegetables sold is sourced locally," he said.

Mr Roberts said the store was trying to engage local suppliers and see how the procurement of farm produce locally could be enhanced.

The open day was organised in collaboration with the Copperbelt branches of the Zambia National Farmers Union and the Zambia Development Agency and more than 80 small-scale farmers turned up for the occasion.

Pick 'n Pay will open an outlet in Kitwe on November 22 this year at the New Copperhill Centre while another one is scheduled for Luanshya next month.

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