Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Hon. Charles Milupi has called for quick implementation of the Kasomeno–Mwenda Toll Road and Luapula Bridge project in Mwense district of Luapula Province.
The Minister has therefore urged the investor, GED Africa, to quickly complete all the preliminary issues so that construction works can start on the project.
Hon Milupi was speaking at his office when a delegation from GED Africa led by its Chief Executive Officer KLAUS FINDT and his Co-CEO TAMAS JASZBERENYI paid a Courtesy call on him.
The Minister said the road project is very important as it is in line with the new dawn’s government of promoting economic development.
“This particular road project when completed will help grow the economy by promoting trade between our country and our neighbors through the link it will create. This is why government and all the Zambian people are anxious to see work start as soon as possible but for that to happen all preliminary issues must first be concluded.” Hon Milupi said.
And Special Assistant to the President for Projects Implementation and Monitoring, Dr. Lawrence Mwananyanda, said the road project is very important and that President Hichilema wants to quickly officiate at the groundbreaking.
Meanwhile, Mr. JASZBERENYI said progress has been made on the project in terms of paperwork adding that his company and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) recently signed the concessional agreement and that the same will be happening with Zambia.
And Mr. FINDT said the road project which is being done under the Public-Private Partnership will be constructed for 3 years and operated for 22 years before it is transferred to the individual Governments.
Once completed, the Kasomeno–Mwenda toll road and Luapula Bridge project will consist of a modern 345-meter cable-stay bridge across the Luapula River, and one-stop border posts in each country.
The road project which is being constructed under a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) vehicle, is envisaged to create direct and indirect jobs, decongest the Kasumbalesa Border Post, and increase direct revenue for the two countries, enhance border security and improve trade.
GED Africa and Dunna Aszfalt are the two organizations that have arranged to fund the project. MIHUD/PRO