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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Transport Developments (Road, Ports, Water)

Transport Minister Yamfwa Mukanga recently commissioned the Kapiri Mposhi weighbridge, which has been rehabilitated at a cost of K31 million. The new bridge has the capacity to clear 1,000 trucks per day, 500 more than the old weighbridge. The weighbridge is the first of its kind in Zambia and should a help decongest other facilities in the country [Source: Daily Mail]

The Chiawa Bridge across the Kafue River in Chirundu will be commissioned next month. The Bridge is being constructed at a cost of $53 million by China Henan. The project had been delayed by six months due to delays by ZESCO to relocate its infrastructure among other factors. However, it now looks to be on track. When completed the bridge will link Chirundu, Chiawa and Lusaka through Leopards Hill Road [Source : ZNBC]

Transport Minister Yamfwa Mukanga recently announced that GRZ would scommission 12 large water vessels for passenger and cargo on Lake Mweru, Lake Bangweulu and Zambezi River, in an effort to bring the marine transport services closer to the people of Zambia. The commissioning will take place this month [Source : Times of Zambia].

Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Burundi to facilitate funding for the rehabilitation of the Mpulungu Harbour. The agreement would enable them to access resources from the European Union (EU) for the rehabilitation of the Mpulungu port, as requested by the EU. GRZ is currently looking for a potential investor to help it revamp the port [Source: Times]

GRZ appears to have already secured $3m from the Africa Development Bank (AfDB) to cater for increased cargo to the Great Lakes region. The funds would be used for improvement of the bay to raise the standards of the harbour to international levels and enable it to handle more traffic. This will enable Mpulungu to be used to export more commodities from Northern Province. [Source: Times of Zambia]

QUESTION:

How well is the government currently performing in transforming the road network?

What do you make of government plans for water transport and what more needs to be done?

AUTHOR
Chola Mukanga
Economist | Consultant | Researcher
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