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Road maintenance gets K36m EU boost

TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
THE European Union (EU) in Zambia has injected K36 million into the country’s road maintenance programme.
EU head of delegation to Zambia Gilles Hervio said they decided to inject K36 million into the two-year road maintenance programme because a good road network is important for the country’s development agenda.
Mr Hervio said this on Thursday evening during the launch of the EU-funded capacity building to the Zambian road transport sector programme.
“We have always been ready to support the Zambian government in financing of large-scale civil engineering works.
“Indeed we have financed a large number of roads, bridges all over the continent, including in Zambia. I am sure that you are aware that as we speak, the EU is co-financing the rehabilitation of the Great East Road, a project that is in total of the order of Euro 288 million,” Mr Hervio said.
He said the EU is also supporting the development of sustainable policies in the country’s road sector.
Mr Hervio said the EU is further promoting necessary reforms, providing capacity building, as well as supporting the road maintenance and axle load control in Zambia.
And Minister of Transport, Works, Supply and Communication Yamfwa Mukanga said the road programme, including the Link Zambia 8000, Pave Zambia 2000 and Lusaka 400 amongst others, has increased the resource envelope.
Mr Mukanga said it is therefore imperative that other co-operating partners come on board to supplement Government efforts aimed at improving road infrastructure.
“The role of the transport sector is to facilitate social and economic growth and synergies with other economic sectors.
“Government appreciates the number of projects and programmes in the road sector with the EU support such as the Nacala corridor development, Luangwa Bridge to Mwami border and the rehabilitation of the Great East Road,” he said.

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