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The delegations comprising of Government, RDA, EIB and EU officials inspecting Lot 1 of the project between Luangwa and Mwami Border

A high powered delegation comprising of  officials from the Government, Road Development Agency (RDA) and Cooperating partners recently undertook an on the spot check of the rehabilitated Great East Road from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami Border in Chipata.
From the Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Development, the Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota was represented by Director Planning, Mr. Charles Mweshi, RDA CEO and Director Eng. Elias Mwape was represented by Director Construction and Rehabilitation, Eng. George Manyele while the European Investment Bank (EIB) was represented by Wynand Bezuidenhout and the European Union (EU) by Stephen McCluskey
The inspection was done on July 9, 2018 prior to the Fifth Steering Committee meeting on July 10, 2018 at the Protea Hotel in Chipata.
The rehabilitation of the Great East Road (T4) from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami Border was done in three Lots and financed by Agence Francaise de Development (AFD), African Development Bank (AfDB), EIB and the EU.

The delegation gets a briefing from RDA Director Construction and Rehabilitation Eng. George Manyele (third from left) slightly after Luangwa Bridge before the site visit of the rehabilitated section of the Great East Road


The delegation expressed concern on the road failure in some sections on Lot 1 which is between Luangwa Bridge and Nyimba.
This was a topic that was extensively discussed in the Fifth Steering Committee Meeting on the rehabilitation of the Great East Road.
The Project Steering Committee was set up to oversee and validate the overall direction and policy of the project.
And speaking when he officially opened the meeting, Mr. Mweshi said the corridor was key in improving road transportation and trade facilitation along the NACALA road corridor.
The NACALA road corridor stretches from Lusaka in Zambia and through Malawi to the Port of NACALA in Mozambique.
Mr. Mweshi said the NACALA road corridor project aimed at supporting economic growth in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and fostering regional integration through reliable, efficient and seamless transport infrastructure that increases sub-regional trade and the global competitiveness of the region.
Phase one of the NACALA project comprises rehabilitation of 348 km in Mozambique and 13 km in Malawi.
Phase two covers rehabilitation of 360 km of road works in Zambia from Luangwa Bridge to Mwami.
Mr. Mweshi said phase two of the NACALA involving the rehabilitation of the Great East road (T4) was complete except for the remedial works on Lot 1.
He said works on Lot 3 (Mwami Border to Mtenguleni) was in defect liability and after rectification of the defects, the road was expected to be handed over to the client by end of July, 2018.
Works on Lot 2 (Mtenguleni to Sinda) were handed over and the final certificate issued to the contractor.
Works on Sinda to Nyimba are under defect liability period and expected to be handed over by end of August, 2018.
The Lot 1 (Nyimba to Luangwa Bridge) is under defect liability and contractor was on site remedying the defects.
“There has been premature failure on some section of the road which requires concerted effort to resolve the issue and ensure that the final project handed over to the client gives value for money,” Mr. Mweshi said.


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Housing and Infrastructure Development minister Hon. Ronald Chitotela confers with RDA Principal Communications Officer Anthony Mulowa during the tour of the Kawambwa-Mporokoso road


Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Honourable Ronald Chitotela has implored contractors country-wide to execute quality works in their pursuit to meet the set deadline.
Hon. Chitotela said in as much as the Governmnet wanted the projects to be completed on time, the contractors had an obligation to ensure that quality was not compromised.
The minister said this when he inspected works on 122 kilometre Kawambwa-Mporokoso road which is being upgraded from gravel to bitiminous standard at a cost of US$142.2 million.


The minister and entourage tour the construction site in Kawambwa


“In our quest to finish all the projects countrywide, I am urging the contractors to ensure that they do not compromise on quality. Zambians need to get value for their money. As Government we are committed to ensuring that all projects are completed on time without the contractors compromising on quality,” he said.
Hon Chitotela said he was happy with the progress so far recorded on site with a stretch of almost four kilometers being tarred from the time the works commenced.

The road under construction

RDA Luapula province Regional manager Eng. Samuel Twasa explained that when completed, the road would unlock economic potential endowed in the region and boost various sectors such as trade and tourism.
Eng. Twasa said the road would help uplift the living standards of the people in the area and ease the movement of goods and services between Luapula and Northern Provinces.
He said China Harbour Engineering Company was the contractor contracted to do the works.


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The Road Development Agency (RDA) has scooped the second prize in the Transport Services and Allied Industry at the just ended Zambia International Trade Fair (ZITF).
The Agency participated in the Exhibition held at the 54th ZITF from June 27 to July 3, 2018 under the theme ‘Private Sector-Key to Industrialization.’

RDA Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape hoist the award plaque at the Zambia International Trade Fair main arena. Next to him his Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Hon. Christopher Yaluma (right), Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Mr. Masuzyo Ndholvu (on the left). Far right is Senior Manager Procurement Ms. Dina Phiri and far left is Assistant Customer Care Officer Ms. Peggy Mwanza

And Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said the private sector plays a critical role in the growth of any economy.

Speaking when he officially opened the 54th ZITF in Ndola on June 28, 2018, President Masisi said increased trade and engagement of the private sector would help grow any economy and create job opportunities.

He said the private sector also helped to diversify and develop products and services aimed at benefiting the people and the nation at large.

He said this year’s ZITF theme ‘Private sector key to industrialization’ resonated well with the Southern African
Development Community’s (SADC) theme of ‘partnering with the private sector in industry.’

“The role of the private sector is critical in diversification and industrialization of any economy, therefore gratifying to note that this year’s trade fair has drawn participation from the length of other countries,” he said.

RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape receives the award from Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Hon. Christopher Yaluma. Next to the CEO is Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Mr. Masuzyo Ndhlovu.

President Masisi said Botswana recorded a trade basket and that Zambia had been a consistent source of agro products and provided animal, vegetable, iron and steel.

He said he was aware that Zambia exported agricultural produce to Botswana worth US$22 million last year and that there was great potential for investment exchange.

Mr. Masisi said the investment between the two countries had continued and enhanced trade collaboration.

He said Botswana and Zambia continued to enjoy infrastructure development to ensure the smooth movement of goods and services and people.

“I am delighted to state that the construction of the Kazungula Bridge is underway and hopeful it will be completed before the end of 2019,” he said.

Principal Communications Officer Anthony Mulowa (second from left) explaining to the judges at the RDA stand in Ndola

The Kazungula project is expected to cost US$259 million which will include the one-stop border facility to link the two countries and replace the current ferrying system.

President Masisi said the project would act as a catalyst to strengthen the trade collaboration between the two countries, enhance business co-operation and create job opportunities as well as improve the standard of living for the people.

President Masisi extended his invitation to Zambia to participate in the Expo Botswana 2018 conference to be held in October.

President Edgar Lungu said Zambia and Botswana shared mutual bilateral relationship that required a reflection on the efforts to transform the two countries through investment.

President Lungu said the two countries should reflect on the efforts made in formulating trade collaboration and expressed delight that Botswana participated in the fair.

ZIFT chairperson Jane Kabwela said this year’s event was a build-up from last year’s event which placed emphasis on the key role that the private sector played.



RDA members of staff at the ZITF stand

Team RDA

Judges taken around the RDA stand

RDA staff join the march past to signify the start of the ZITF

Show goers at RDA stand






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AVIC senior consultant Mr. Lei Yingqi

AVIC International Project Engineering Company has sub-contracted 16 local contractors on phase two of the Lusaka (L400) road project which commenced in June 2017.
This is in line with Government policy to reserve 20 percent of construction projects for Zambian Citizen-owned construction firms.
AVIC senior consultant Lei Yingqi said the total contract amount of the sub-contracts is K52 million.
Mr. Lei said this during the signing ceremony of the contracts in Lusaka on May 28, 2018.
Mr. Lei urged the sub-contractors to adopt the Chinese culture of hard work if they were to grow their companies.
“AVIC expects the sub-contractors to execute their duties diligently and avoid tarnishing the image of the international company and disappointing Zambians,” he said.
L400 phase two involves the rehabilitation and construction/ upgrading of selected urban roads with the length of 146 kilometres in Lusaka city in Lusaka Province and would be done under a period of three years from the commencement date.
And Special Assistant to the President for Project Implementation and Monitoring Mr. Andrew Chellah said President Edgar Lungu wanted the 20 percent sub-contracting policy in the construction sector to be strictly adhered to.

Special Assistant to the President for Project Implementation and Monitoring Mr. Andrew Chellah

Mr. Chellah described the Policy as a game changer in the Construction industry in Zambia.
“The policy ensures that that the main and local contractors work together for the benefit of all Zambians. The President has been concerned with the slow implementation of this policy,” he said.
He said the signing of the contracts would facilitate skills and knowledge transfer between AVIC and the local contractors.


RDA Director and CEO Eng. Elias Mwape


Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. Elias Mwape urged the local contractors to focus more on the future benefits of their aspirations.
Eng. Mwape said the Agency had developed guidelines for the implementation of the policy.
He urged the sub-contractors to adhere to the three objects of the projects which are time, cost and quality.
Speaking on behalf of the 16 local contractors, Moses Lungu commended the Government for coming up with the policy which he said was a good empowerment drive.

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