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AVIC URGED TO ADHERE TO 20% SUB-CONTRACTING POLICY

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Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale and Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota during the inspection of works on Mungwi road in Lusaka West.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale has urged AVIC International to abide by the 20 percent Sub-contracting Policy when undertaking Government funded projects.
Hon. Mwale said he had received a petition by some local contractors stating that AVIC International was abrogating the Government policy of 20 percent Sub-contracting.
“I want to state that Government will have a bone to chew with AVIC International if at all it is true that you are not adhering to the 20 per cent Sub-contracting Policy.
“The Government has spent huge sums of money on road infrastructure projects and we cannot sit idle and watch. We need some of the money to remain in the country and empower local contractors,” he said.
The Minister who sounded the warning when he toured Mungwi road in Lusaka West under construction said the message was not only directed to AVIC International but all foreign construction firms working on Government funded projects.
It is Government Policy that a minimum of 20 percent of all Government-funded road contracts awarded by the Road Development Agency (RDA), Local Road Authorities (LRAs) and other Government institutions should be executed by Zambian citizen-owned companies in line with the shareholding structure specified in the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006, whose overall goal is to contribute to sustainable economic development, by building capacity in Zambian-owned companies.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale talking to AVIC International Country Representative, Cui Ji during the tour of Mungwi road.

 

The 20 percent Sub-contracting Policy is only applicable to all Civil Works exceeding K30 million. Contracts below the K30 million thresholds shall be reserved for citizen-owned, citizen-influenced and citizen empowered companies in line with the Citizen Economic Empowerment (Preferential Procurement) Regulations of 2011.
AVIC International Country Representative, Cui Ji said the Construction firm was adhering to the 20 percent Sub-contracting Policy but was overwhelmed by the number of nominated contractors.
He said under the L400, AVIC had engaged 45 sub-contractors from 200 nominees.

 

 

AVIC URGED TO ADHERE TO 20% SUB-CONTRACTING POLICY

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Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale and Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota during the inspection of works on Mungwi road in Lusaka West.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale has urged AVIC International to abide by the 20 percent Sub-contracting Policy when undertaking Government funded projects.
Hon. Mwale said he had received a petition by some local contractors stating that AVIC International was abrogating the Government policy of 20 percent Sub-contracting.
“I want to state that Government will have a bone to chew with AVIC International if at all it is true that you are not adhering to the 20 per cent Sub-contracting Policy.
“The Government has spent huge sums of money on road infrastructure projects and we cannot sit idle and watch. We need some of the money to remain in the country and empower local contractors,” he said.
The Minister who sounded the warning when he toured Mungwi road in Lusaka West under construction said the message was not only directed to AVIC International but all foreign construction firms working on Government funded projects.
It is Government Policy that a minimum of 20 percent of all Government-funded road contracts awarded by the Road Development Agency (RDA), Local Road Authorities (LRAs) and other Government institutions should be executed by Zambian citizen-owned companies in line with the shareholding structure specified in the Citizens Economic Empowerment Act No. 9 of 2006, whose overall goal is to contribute to sustainable economic development, by building capacity in Zambian-owned companies.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale talking to AVIC International Country Representative, Cui Ji during the tour of Mungwi road.

 

The 20 percent Sub-contracting Policy is only applicable to all Civil Works exceeding K30 million. Contracts below the K30 million thresholds shall be reserved for citizen-owned, citizen-influenced and citizen empowered companies in line with the Citizen Economic Empowerment (Preferential Procurement) Regulations of 2011.
AVIC International Country Representative, Cui Ji said the Construction firm was adhering to the 20 percent Sub-contracting Policy but was overwhelmed by the number of nominated contractors.
He said under the L400, AVIC had engaged 45 sub-contractors from 200 nominees.

 

 

GOVT KEEN TO ROLL OUT ACROW BRIDGES- MWALE

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RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape (third from right) talking to Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale when he toured the Mumbwa workshop. Next to the minister is Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Vincent Mwale says the Government is eager to install the 131 Acrow Bridges across the country to help support growth especially in the rural areas.
Hon. Mwale said the 131 Bridges which were acquired at a cost of over US$73 million would be very useful in flood prone areas where wash aways were prevalent at crossing points.
“We can’t wait as Government to have them installed especially in areas where we are experiencing heavy rains. We want our people to become more productive and transport their farming inputs,” he said when he toured the Road Development Agency (RDA) Mumbwa road workshop where the Bridge components have been secured.
He said he had a meeting with officials from the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit (DMMU) under the Office of the Vice President to identify areas that needed urgent attention.

(From left to right) Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Vincent Mwale, RDA Director & CEO Eng. Elias Mwape, Director Planning and Design Eng. Dickson Ndhlovu and Senior Manager Bridges Eng. Stephen Sondashi

 

The Government through the Road Development Agency (RDA) has acquired 131 prefabricated modular arrow 700XS steel panel Bridges from Acrow Corporation of America at a total cost of US$73, 776,849.
The Acrow Bridge project has been planned to be implemented in seven provinces which include Northern, Muchinga, Lusaka, North- Western, Luapula, Eastern and Central.
Following a number of washed-away Bridges, the Government entered into a contract with Acrow Corporation of America for the arrangement of financing, design, fabrication and delivery of the Bridges.
Hon. Mwale however, observed that there was need for Zambian firms to look at possibilities of investing in the manufacturing of Bridge components.
He said Zambia needed more Bridges which required to be constructed at various points, hence this provided an opportunity for local manufacturers to tap into the sector.
RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape said the Agency was looking at possibilities to see how the local manufacturers could be engaged.
Eng. Mwape said local contractors would install the Bridges and that Acrow Corporation of America would provide training as part of the agreement.

 

 

PRESIDENT LUNGU LAUNCHES US$200 MILLION FEEDER ROAD PROJECT

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President Lungu cutting the ribbon to signify the official launch of the IRCP.

President Edgar Lungu has launched the US$200 million Improved Rural Connectivity Project (IRCP) which aims at improving the feeder road network in Central, Eastern, Luapula, Muchinga, Northern and Southern Provinces.

President Lungu said there can never be a better time than now to launch the IRCP  which would add value to the living standards of the people in the rural areas and ultimately the development of the country.

He said the launch of the project was in addition to other equally important major programmes that were at different levels of implementation in the road sector.


He said one such programme under implementation was aimed at improving inter-urban and urban connectivity and accessibility.

President Lungu said since 2012, the Government embarked on several programmes including Link Zambia 8000, Pave Zambia 2000 and the engineering design, rehabilitation and construction of selected Lusaka urban roads which is well known as the Lusaka 400 or L400.

The launch of the IRCP was held at Fiwila Mission grounds in Mkushi District on July 12.

The development objective of the IRCP is to improve rural road accessibility for communities in selected areas in Zambia and to strengthen institutional capacity for sustainable management of rural roads, and in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, respond promptly and effectively to the crisis or emergency.

President Lungu commended the World Bank for partnering with the Government of the Republic of Zambia by contributing US$ 200 million to the programme.

“The primary beneficiaries of the project are road users whose travel time and transport cost would be reduced as a result of infrastructure improvements. Currently, much of the primary feeder road network is poorly maintained and connectivity is hampered by unreliability of transport services, slow vehicle operating speeds, high vehicle maintenance costs, poor road safety, and reduced travel comfort.

“Specifically, the beneficiaries will be rural farmers who will have improved access to inputs and markets. the rural communities in general will have better access to health, education and other services,” he said.
President Lungu has disclosed that the IRCP is expected to generate about 25,000 direct job opportunities for Zambians especially the young men and women.

The Head of State has directed Road Development Agency to ensure that all Contractors when employing workers on the project consider locals first.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela said the rural connectivity project would be implemented countrywide.

He announced that once connectivity was improved, it was expected that agriculture production and trade within the beneficiary communities would increase.

Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela during the launch.

“These objectives will be achieved through an initial rehabilitation of roads to gravel standard and maintenance thereafter, bridge and river crossing construction, construction of drainage structures such as channels, culverts and drifts, construction of storage shades for agricultural produce, construction of water reservoirs, construction of market facilities to facilitate trade," Hon. Chitotela said.

And speaking at the same event, World Bank Group Country Director Mr. Paul Noumba Um announced that the Project was a Scale Up Facility provided as additional development support to well performing Middle- Income Countries.

"This is indeed a special occasion for the World Bank where we established several firsts in our engagement with the Republic of Zambia. I note the amount of US$200 million as being the largest lending operation with the Government of Zambia.

"This project and its design remain relevant for Zambia as it is aligned to the National Development Plan. It stands out as a first and it does not have to be the last Scale Up Facility for Zambia," he said.

World Bank Group Country Director Mr. Paul Noumba Um.

Central Province Minister Hon. Sydney Mushanga said the improved rural connectivity project would not only improve the rural road network but would also help the province attract more investment.

Hon. Mushanga said the connectivity project would also improve access to water, energy, land, health, education and other services on account of improved accessibility to the targeted rural communities.

Hon. Mushanga explained that Mkushi, Mumbwa, Chibombo and Chisamba districts in his province were part of Zambia's Agricultural hubs that were critical in facilitating the aggregation, storage, processing and marketing of agricultural produce locally and internationally.

Central Province Minister Hon. Sydney Mushanga.

"These districts are among the key districts that contribute to the country's agenda of agricultural diversification and food security through production of crops such as Wheat, Cassava, Tobacco, Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Sorghum, Finger Millet and Tomatoes," he said.

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