Mat North Correspondent
Matabeleland North Provincial Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Richard Moyo says the New Dispensation has crafted super policies that enable local companies to prosper even during difficult times such as the COVID-19 pandemic era.
Moyo who was speaking at the official opening of Allied Petroleum Garage in Hwange said that the National Development Strategy One (NDS1) which runs from 2021-2025 encourages investment and improvement in key infrastructure area such as energy.
“It is because of the policies put in place by the New Dispensation that most companies are still operating and expanding despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Second Republic, ably led by His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe Dr E. D Mnangagwa has created a favourable business environment in Zimbabwe.
“This is largely guided by President’s mantra that ‘Zimbabwe is Open for Business’ which enables companies like Allied Petroleum to use their free funds to import fuel for resale in Zimbabwe,” he said.
He said Allied Petroleum Service Station was well placed since Hwange District was poised for growth.
“There are many opportunities that exist for investors in the (Hwange) District in sectors that include tourism, mining, timber harvesting among others. These investors will, without doubt, need fuel for their business,” Moyo said.
Allied Petroleum Chief Executive Officer, Tapfuma Chikutu said the company was grateful to Government, Hwange Local Board, the Business Community and local leadership for the support rendered to date.
“The opening of the Hwange Service Station was a quite humbling event and we received overwhelming support from various stakeholders. We even noticed that the work force we had anticipated to have is insufficient, there is need to hire more people to meet demand,” Chikutu said.
This service station becomes the company’s third and the second in Matabeleland North province after Bulawayo and Halfway House in Gwayi respectively.
Allied petroleum is a division of Plugin Investment (Pvt) Limited, which was founded in 2018. The company specialises in the supply and retail of petroleum products, motor spares, lubricants and vehicle accessories.