President Mnangagwa commissions RGM Airport
Brian Rungano Temba
President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa yesterday commissioned, unveil plaque and tour the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport Expansion in Harare.
This deliverable is yet another fruit of the engagement and re-engagement policies fostered by the Second Republic under President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa while addressing the multitudes gathered at the commissioning ceremony said that the USD $153 Million Airport expansion was a part of projects being done by the Second Republic in conjunction with the Chinese Government under President Xi Jinping.
” Amongst other project done under the China Zimbabwe partnership was the New Parliament Building where China unveiled USD $100 million and thus far the construction has been completed.
The third project is the construction of the Hwange Units 7 and 8 and China availed US$1.3 billion and we have now added over 600MW to the national grid while the fourth project was the computer learning Centre at the University of Zimbabwe,” said President Mnangagwa.
President Mnangagwa said these projects show the longstanding friendship between Zimbabwe and China.
He also emphasised that the Second Republic will continue working on infrastructure development projects.
Captains of industry in the Tourism sector also voiced their enthusiasm for the future ahead of this major face lift of the airport stating that this meant bigger aircraft could now touch down on Zimbabwean soil, confident that the nation had an airport with enough capacity to House the passengers in transit or visiting Zimbabwe.
“We have set a standard as a nation that is beyond everyones expectations of Zimbabwe. As the hospitality industry this is going to bring in a more value international travel as you can see this is a Massive airport that rivals the kinds of OR Tambo now,” said Emmanuel Fundira, president of the Hospitality Industry of Zimbabwe.
“We now have the capacity to handle big number in passengers thereby building the connectivity with bigger airlines considering that Zimbabwe is situated strategically in the centre of Southern Africa. This gives us the ability to act as a hub for all air traffic in the region, ” said Ms Winnie Chakanyuka , CEO of Zimbabwe Tourism Authority.