Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister Charles Milupi has said that government is seriously considering putting up a dual carriageway between the capital, Lusaka and Livingstone.
Mr. Milupi says this is in line with the new dawn’s Government infrastructure agenda of opening up international routes which will in turn foster trade and development.
The Minister was speaking at his Office in Lusaka when a delegation from the South West Chinese Business Association of Zambia, led by its president Xu Zhongping, paid a curtesy call on him.
“The New dawn government is in a hurry to develop this country and on the infrastructure front, we want to open up roads that link Zambia to its neighbours so that we foster trade among our people.
For example, we are excited that paper work for the construction of a dual carriageway between Lusaka and Ndola is already underway and now want we want is to extend the dual carriageway from Lusaka all the way to Livingstone.” Hon Milupi said.
He said government is anxious to improve connectivity by opening up strategic roads that link Zambia with its neighbours such as the Solwezi- Kipushi border road in North-Western Province which link Zambia with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“We also want to link the Eastern Province with Mozambique by rehabilitating the Katete- Chanida border road. The Zambia- Angola is also another project that we are looking at as you may know that we do not have a road that link Zambia and Angola.” The Minister said.
He however said to do this, government needs partners who will be to embark on infrastructure projects through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model.
The Minister said this is because currently government has limited funds to channel towards construction of infrastructure but is anxiously to deliver various projects through the PPP model.
And Ms Xu said her association which is a conglomerate of various companies is excited with the New dawn’s development agenda.
She said some Chinese companies have been in Zambia for over 20 years and want to contribute to the development of Zambia by partnering with government.
Ms XU said Zambia is rich in tourism but there is need to put up adequately infrastructure to attract tourists.
She said one of the Chinese companies will soon submit a proposal to construct the Solwezi – Kipushi Border road through the PPP model.