Chinese company wins contract for road construction in Zambia22. October 2020
The Zambian government has commissioned the China Geo-Engineering Corporation to build feeder roads in four of ten provinces of the country, which is located in the south of the African continent. The executive director of the government’s road agency RDA said that the contract is for the construction of around 1,000 km of road. He explained further details of the project to the Minister of Finance. The main roads in the four provinces North, Northwest, Central Region and Copperbelt will be upgraded to year-round driveable gravel roads.
All construction work under the contract is subject to a results-oriented concept, which gives the company two years to complete a large part of the work. Details of the exact amount of the contract were not disclosed. This is not the first road construction contract in Zambia that has been awarded to a Chinese company. In 2017, CJIC was awarded the contract to build a 320 km highway across Zambia. The project costs amount to 1.2 billion US dollars. The highway-like road connects Zambia with its neighbors, the DR Congo and South Africa, and runs through the Copperbelt mining region where the copper that gives the province its name is mined.
Zambia is Africa’s second largest copper producer and Ndola is the capital of the Copperbelt province. In addition to road construction, China has already invested in Zambia’s other infrastructure. Concrete projects include a 750 megawatt hydroelectric power plant and various activities in the agricultural and mining sectors. The access to the African continent is a special challenge. The numerous markets in Africa are developing strongly and offer many opportunities. Since 2005, MPR International GmbH has been supporting renowned companies worldwide with certifications for the international market. Our focus is on Africa, Japan, Korea, China and India.
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