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State seeks PPPs on roads

ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT has challenged the private sector to partner with the State in major road projects such as the Link Zambia 8000.
Minister of Transport, Communications, Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga said Government will continue creating an enabling environment through the private and public partnerships (PPP) that are aimed at complementing its efforts in developing the country.
Mr Mukanga said the Patriotic Front (PF) administration under the leadership of President Lungu will continue providing an enabling environment to both foreign and local investments to flourish.
The minister said this yesterday during the launch of Shacman, a Chinese company which distributes heavy-duty trucks.
“Government will continue creating an enabling environment through the private and public partnerships that are aimed at complimenting government’s efforts in developing the country,” he said.
Mr Mukanga said bilateral relations between Zambia and China, founded years back are bearing fruit especially through China’s massive investment into the country.
He commended Shacman under King Long Motors for distributing over 600 trucks in Zambia since 2008.
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia, Yang Youming said China will continue helping Zambia in various sectors, including transport industry.
Mr Yang said the Shacman trucks will be distributed in Zambia to enhance the current booming construction industry.
And former President Kenneth Kaunda urged Zambia and China to treasure their bilateral relations.
“It took me and former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere to establish the relationship between Zambia, Tanzania and China,” Dr Kaunda said.
Higer Buses Zambia managing director, Wu Ming said the cordial relationship between Zambia and China have continued to flourish.
Mr Wu said the company has partnered with government and has since donated a number of buses and cars to various government institutions and departments.