Eight Bidders Pre Qualify for Kitwe - Chingola Dual Carriage | Zambia | Public–Private Partnership

Zambia January 23rd, 2010 Update

Eight Bidders pre qualify for Kitwe - Chingola dual carriage
Lusaka, Zambia - EIGHT International Contractors have pre-qualified for construction for the advertised Kitwe-Chingola duo carriage way to be built under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement. In an interview, PPP Director at the Ministry of Finance and National Planning David Ndopu said despite the overwhelming response, Government is disappointed with the Zambian contractors who did not apply. “The response has been overwhelming mainly from abroad. We have companies from South Africa, China and Britain that have come on board. You don’t need to have money right there and then to develop these projects, one can borrow cash from banks,” he said. Mr Ndopu said the Kitwe-Chingola road is one of the first projects under PPP advertised by Government and evaluating the bids starts from January 24 to 30, 2010. The bids were opened on December 30, 2009. He said three companies will be shortlisted from the eight and Government will start negotiations with them. He said Government is looking for a company that will deliver the project on time and come up with a quality product. He said what is important is for Government to see that the identified projects under the PPP generate jobs for Zambians and encourage local participation. “If you look at these adverts that we are running, we have put a caveat which reads out that effective local participation will be favored. “If a company has good participation from the locals, that is the company we shall prefer because we want these projects to create jobs,” he said. Mr Ndopu said Government wants to see simple jobs such as clearing of bush and drainages that do not require hi-technique given to the locals. He said Government introduced the PPP programme to implement mostly infrastructure projects and the Ministry of Finance and National Planning has been running quite a number of advertisements.

The projects under the road sector lined up for development include the: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Kitwe-Chingola Chirundu-Kafue Lusaka-Kabwe Kabwe-Kapiri Kapiri-Ndola Chingola-Solwezi Solwezi-Mwinilunga and Mwinulunga-Jimbe all to be implemented in phases.

Mr Ndopu said each month, Government will be advertising about four or five of these projects for development. He also cited the Kafue Gorge Lower as another project earmarked for development to be advertised soon following completion of the feasibility study. Other PPP projects include expansion of border facilities like at Kazungula, Mwami and Nakonde. He also said Zambia is faced with a shortage of housing and Government plans to construct 4,000 units in Livingstone, 4,000 in Lusaka and another 5,000 units on the Copperbelt under PPP. “Infrastructure is a catalyst for economic development. Without infrastructure, the economy cannot grow to the anticipated projections that we have set ourselves for,” he said. He said Government is in a hurry to develop these projects but at the same time ensure value for money.

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