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Be inquisitive on Cost of Construction – Professional Bodies Urged

The Minister of Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development, Hon. Charles Milupi today met the executive of the Zambia Institute of Quantity Surveyors at his office.
In the meeting, Hon Milupi urged the Quantity Surveyors to have inquisitive minds towards the cost of construction in the country.
He said the cost of construction in the country is too high but that it is sad that professional bodies such as the Zambia Institute of Quantity Surveyors have not raised any concerns.
“There has been a lot of activity in the construction sector in this country although the cost of construction has been embarrassingly high. The question that begs an answer is where are the professional bodies to offer expert advice in managing the cost of construction in this country.” Hon. Milupi wondered.
And the Minister has reaffirmed his position that despite the country’s treasury being depleted, the government will continue with the infrastructure agenda.
“We will continue with the infrastructure agenda although Government has no money. We will not borrow but we will explore other avenues such as Public-private partnerships (PPP). My Ministry will explore projects that will be able to qualify for PPP and we shall be able to engage investors who will be interested.” Hon. Milupi said.
And Mr. David Mwitumwa who led the Zambia Institute of Quantity Surveyors team said the cry of the high cost of construction can be attributed to the fact that Quantity Surveyors have not been brought on board on most construction projects.
He said Quantity Surveyors are experts in cost management of all construction projects.
However, Mr. Mwitumwa pointed out that over the years Quantity Surveyors have not been effectively used or involved in most projects a situation which has led to the high cost of construction.
He appealed to the Minister to consider using the services of Quantity Surveyors so that the cost of construction is well managed.
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