Tanzania plans to house a heavy duty truck assembly plant after China’s Heavy Duty Truck Group (SinoTruck) showed interest in building the plant to cater the growing needs for the East African region and beyond.
If the deal materializes , the company, one of the biggest heavy duty truck manufacturer in China and selling about 600 vehicles per annum to Tanzania, will set shop in the country to become the supply center for the entire bloc.
The Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Liu Xinsheng, said last week the company has taken the invitation to build the assembly plant in the country ‘very seriously.’ “I have invited the firm to Tanzania, and they have taken the invitation very seriously,” Mr Liu told President Jakaya Kikwete last week. To show the firm seriousness, the Ambassador presented a Howo truck model to the president as a symbol of commitment.
“I am very glad to be another ambassador of Tanzania and China, so the two sides will establish friendly partnership and exchange the experience,” the Ambassador said.
The president was speaking at the ceremony to lay a foundation stone for the construction of the Tsh 25billion (about US $16million) worth of Ushirika Tower at the Mnazi Mmoja which will have 20 floors. The company, now producing 200,000 trucks a year, is famous for developing and manufacturing the first heavy duty truck–“Huanghe” brand vehicle model in China.
According the SinoTruck website, they market their products under the brand name SinoTruck.