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The government is studying the possibility of reopening what was once one of the largest textile factories in Mozambique, and indeed in Africa: Textáfrica de Chimoio, closed since 2002 as a result of economic circumstances affecting the company, O País reports.
The announcement was made after Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho de Rosario visited the mothballed facility and held a meeting with the managers while on a visit to Manica.
“We, as a government, want to see how we could assist in re-opening Textfrica. Whether it means us supporting the ideas or seeing how far our responsibility to offer support might extend, we have decided that we will sit down to outline the ideas,” Do Rosario said.
Asked what investment would be necessary to reopen Textfrica, the prime minister was cautious, only saying that, in due course, the government would make an announcement, and that, so far, the idea was for all stakeholders interested in resuscitating Textáfrica to sit down together and analyse the situation.
Paulo Dias Sandramo, administrator of the former Textfrica of Chimoio, agreed that the costs of reopening the factory was still to be calculated.
“As you can see, first we have to look at the building itself, in this case, to prepare it to house new machinery. We need to repair the electrical systems, compressed air, air conditioning – all this already shows that it would mean a lot of work on the building itself,” Sandramo said.
The prime minister was also briefed on the progress of National Road Number Six rehabilitation works, which are about 90 percent complete. Yesterday, Do Rosário visited socio-economic enterprises in the district of Vandúzi, namely the Abilio Antunes Agro-livestock company and a UK_funded seed processing plant called Phoenix, and chaired a meeting with Manica-based businesspeople.
Today, the prime minister will chair a ceremony for the start of the new school year.
By Carlitos CadangueSource: O País