On 28th February 2020 President EDGAR LUNGU officiated at a colourful ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the US$60 million multi facility International Conference Centre in Lusaka.
The conference is being constructed by China Jiangsu International Economic and Technical Corporation ahead of Zambia’s hosting of the 39th African union ordinary session of Heads of State and government summit in 2022.
In his speech, the President directed the Ministry of Infrastructure Development to ensure local contractors participate in the construction of the multi facility International Conference Centre through the 20 % sub-contracting policy.
President LUNGU says the ministry should ensure that the 20 percent sub-contracting policy is adhered to by the contractor engaged to build the state of the art multi facility international conference centre.
He added that doing this will allow for skills transfer and enable local contractors gain knowledge and build capacity.
President LUNGU urged the contractor, China Jiangsu International Economic and Technical Corporation to procure as much material from local suppliers as to contribute to the country’s Growth Domestic Product.
President LUNGU noted that 500 direct jobs and 1 -thousand indirect jobs will be created during the construction phase while 60 permanent jobs will be created when the facility is completed.
The Head of State further said the infrastructure is not only testimony to the unbreakable bond shared between Zambia and China but will also provide an Ultra-modern infrastructure that will be host to many high-level meetings including the African Union Summit in 2022.
And First Republican President KENNETH KAUNDA congratulated Zambia for getting the bid to host the AU summit in 2022.
Dr. KAUNDA noted that the construction of the Conference facility project is as a result of long-standing cooperation between Zambia and China.
He also sympathized with China on the loss of lives due to the Corona virus.
And Chinese Ambassador to Zambia LI JIE said the China Aid international conference project is a reflection of the mutual friendship between Zambia and China.
Mr. LI said the International Conference facility which will have over 4- thousand seating capacity will be the largest in Zambia and the second largest in Africa and will be constructed by China Jiangsu.
And, Foreign Affairs Minister JOE MALANJI stated that the construction of the facility underscores the bilateral relations between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Infrastructure Development Minister VINCENT MWALE said his Ministry as the project implementers will ensure that the project is completed in the stipulated period and standards are adhered to.
Mr. MWALE noted that Zambians can attest to President LUNGU’s determination to take development to all parts of the country in the short time he has been in power.
He further stated that the country has witnessed massive infrastructure construction such as the Kazungula bridge, airports and roads.
Meanwhile, Lusaka Province Minister BOWMAN LUSAMBO said President LUNGU must be praised for his continued commitment to deliver on the PF developmental agenda.
Mr. LUSAMBO noted that the infrastructure being constructed will not only add beauty to Lusaka but also create more benefits to the country as a whole. Ends/jb.