National Council for Construction (NCC) Executive Director Eng. Ernest Nshindano during the launch of the Indigenous Zambian Contractors Association (IZCA) held at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka.

Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister Hon. Charles Milupi says the New Dawn Government has heard the cries of the local contractors over delayed payments which in turn affects deliverables and quality works. 

Hon. Milupi reiterated the importance of ensuring that contracts awarded were not overpriced. 

“We intend to have a transparent, regularized and predictable modes of payment based on quality, delivery and competitive reasonable pricing. We intend and must get value for money on works done,” he said. 

The minister said this today in a speech read on his behalf by National Council for Construction (NCC) Executive Director Eng. Ernest Nshindano during the launch of the Indigenous Zambian Contractors Association (IZCA) held at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka. 

He said it was gratifying to be part of the launch of the IZCA and that Government was eager to elevate the lives of ordinary hardworking Zambians by putting indigenous Zambians first. 

“It is hoped that this organization (IZCA) will play a critical role which will be reflected through enhanced participation in the sector by indigenous Zambians,” he said.

 

IZCA President Humphrey Musonda.

IZCA President Humphrey Musonda said the Association was registered under the Registrar of Societies Act and was regulated by the NCC Act whose objectives were anchored around deliberate empowerment of indigenous Zambian people and creation of working clusters, joint ventures, common collateral and securities among Zambian contractors.

Mr. Musonda noted some of the challenges in the construction industry as delayed payments, perceived lack of capacity, miss information, lack of securities and lack of standardized Bill of Quantities (BoQ).

Road Development Agency (RDA) Director and Chief Executive Officer Eng. George Manyele said it was pleasing to note that the IZCA had been formed with the sole purpose of creating a platform and empowerment programmes in a well-coordinated and traceable manner.

RDA acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa delivering a speech on behalf of RDA CEO Eng. George Manyele.

In a speech read on his behalf by RDA acting Director Communications and Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa, Eng. Manyele said time was ripe for Zambian contractors to participate in the many projects and programmes the Government was undertaking through the RDA.

“The Agency stands ready to work with your Association (IZCA) to ensure that we build capacity among small and medium scale contractors so that in future they too can undertake much bigger jobs in the road construction sector. 

“Success in the construction industry will only be complete when local firms too get a fair share thereby retaining the dividends in the country,” he said.

 

Some IZCA members and invited guests following the proceeding.