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Govt reserves 20% subcontracting benefits to locals in $650 million Lusaka-Ndola dual carriage project


Government has announced that the 20 percent local subcontracting mandate for the Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriageway project is expected to accelerate skills transfer to local companies.

Technology and Science Minister, Felix Mutati, said the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) model used for the road construction would enable local companies to access contracts from the US$650 million project awarded to the concessionaire.

Mutati made these remarks at the 13 Miles area in Chibombo District of Central Province on Tuesday during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriageway project.

He noted that President Hakainde Hichilema was committed to empowering local companies through major projects.

“The subcontracting of local companies is part of a broader strategy for job creation in the nation,” the minister stated.

Additionally, Mutati emphasised that the New Dawn government prioritized private sector participation to enhance local skills.

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“By involving local companies in the project, the government aims to grow their capacity so that they can secure larger contracts in the future under the PPP model,” he stated.

Mutati also urged Avic International, the company constructing the Lusaka-Ndola Dual Carriageway, to work with the Ministry’s experts to train youths employed during the construction phase.

“My Ministry will be available next week to meet civic leaders in Chibombo District and officials from Avic International to offer expertise to the youths employed in various jobs during the road construction,” he indicated.

The government awarded the US$650 million project to upgrade the Lusaka-Ndola and Luanshya-Fisenge-Masangano roads under the PPP model, with a three-year construction period.

The Macro Ocean Consortium, the concessionaire, would operate and maintain the road for 23 years.

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