The Government has started construction of the US$40 million United States dollars Shangombo-Rivungu canal in Shangombo district has kicked off. The contractor from Clay Disposal, a South African Company engaged to construct the canal is already on site.
The 3 year project will link Zambia to the port of Robito in Angola, and is expected to accelerate cross border trade between the two countries. The project is due to flagged off by Transport Minister Yamfwa Mukanga and his Angolan counterpart in due course.
Plans are also underway to construct a 7 kilometer bridge across the canal. About 10 immigration and customs houses will also be constructed together with some offices on the Zambian side. 300 local people will be employed at the project.
This is an important development that will help open up Shangombo, which has long stood as a potent and enduring symbol of Zambia's underdevelopment. There's a momentum to Government's infrastructure agenda that is difficult to doubt. It needs all our support to ensure these projects are being delivered fast and on budget.
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