The Transport Minister, Dora Siliya had some interesting things to say on Monday :
Its no secret GRZ has little pot of money. The silent question that I believe Dora Siliya is asking is that, given the little resources at GRZ's disposal, should it spend it on bailing out Zambia Airways or spend it on airport infrastructure? She has clearly decided that it is better to spend the money on infrastructure and she has my tentative support, if that is indeed what she is thinking. My skeptism is drawn from the poor record of government on infrastructure spend. As discussed under that blog, the problem with GRZ is the random and unplanned spending patterns on infrastructure. In exchange for my support, I hope that she'll develop a better vision for aviation than what we have seen in the past. A previous blog lays out my view of this "better vision". The good news for Dora is that some of the suggested intervention require no money to be spent.
Govt is determined- Siliya (ZNBC News 22/01/09) : Communications and Transport Minister, Dora Siliya, has reiterated government's determination to improve the aviation industry in the country. Ms. Siliya says government will continue to rehabilitate facilities at the country's airports to ensure they meet international standards. She says the move will also help to promote tourism in the country as more tourists will be able to visit various attractions in the country. The minister was speaking in Lusaka at a cocktail organised by Kenya Airways. And Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni, said the airline is willing to partner with authorities in Zambia in the promotion of tourism. The Zambian government has indicated that efforts are underway to re-introduce a national airline.