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Spillover benefits of Mongu-Kalabo road bring economic life to Western Province

TAXI drivers Kaumba Ngombo (right) and Joe Mushosho (left) waiting for Kalabo-bound customers at the taxi rank in Mongu. PICTURES: ELIZABETH CHATUVELA

ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Mongu
THE opening of the multi-billion Mongu-Kalabo road in Western Province has unlocked a number of business opportunities for the youths who are in the transport business as well as other entrepreneurs.
Standing on 26 bridges, the Mongu-Kalabo road was constructed at a cost of US$286.9 million by Avic International Limited, with the major bridge Lubosi Imwiko II across the Zambezi River measuring over one kilometre in length.
From the time President Edgar Lungu opened the road last month, taxi drivers and traders dealing in fish and other merchandise have set base at the main entrance of the road, looking for business opportunities.