Discussions between the Zimbabwean government and officials from the China State Monopoly are expected to lead to the set-up of a tobacco manufacturing company based in Harare.
Zimbabwe’s finance and economic development minister, Patrick Chinamasa, was quoted by Newsday as saying, “We are getting indications from China and for a longtime we have been engaging with China. There is a state monopoly of tobacco in China and you cannot get tobacco whether raw or processed into China, unless through the state monopoly company.”
“We have been asking them to get a quota in China, but they refused then we changed tact and said they could come and make a factory to manufacture cigarettes. If successful, they can come and set up a factory and export cigarettes to China.