Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota, RDA Senior Manager Corporate Affairs Anthony Mulowa and RDA Environmentalist Gershom Chilukusha during a courtesy.
Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Eng. Charles Mushota says the Kasomeno-Mwenda road and bridge project once completed will change the economic fortunes of the province.
Eng. Mushota said the road and bridge project which would link Zambia to the Democratic Republic of Congo was directly responding to Government’s agenda of economic diversification.
Eng. Mushota said the Province had also considered aspects of climate change which had adversely affected the province.
" The Kasomeno-Mwenda is one project looking at and planning ahead as well as responding to diversification of the economy.
" We are concentrating on agriculture, power generation. The Province also has potential in tourism," he said.
Eng. Mushota said this when a team from the Road Development Agency (RDA) Headquarters paid a courtesy call on him.
He said there was need to improve on the communication and transport sector, a move he noted was already underway in the Province.
He commended the team which comprised of RDA Senior Manager Corporate Affairs, Anthony Mulowa, Principal Environmentalist Gershom Chilukusha, Sociologist Oivy Hamududu Boole and Senior Technical Officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in Luapula Province Nicholas Chanda for touching base and assessing fields for Project Affected Persons (PAPs).
He said this had provided a basis on how future projects in the province would be handled as regards to PAPs.
The Project involves upgrading 85km of the Chalwe to Mwenda Road and construction of a new bridge across the Luapula River at Chalwe.
Once upgraded, the new route is anticipated to significantly reduce travel times.
The scope also includes the construction of a new road and associated border controls and toll plazas between Kasomeno in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Mwenda in Zambia.
Key elements of the project include: 182 km of new single carriageway road. 96km of the road is situated in the DRC and 86 km in Zambia and Construction of a 345 metres cable-stayed bridge across the River Luapula.
Other components are the Construction of one-stop border posts on either side of the River Bridge with associated parking and warehousing facilities and Construction of toll plazas on both sides of the bridge.
Others are Construction of four satellite toll plazas and Provision of an access road to the proposed airport at Kasenga.
The project is an integrated PPP toll concession between the Concessionaire, Messrs Groupe Europeén de Development (GED) Projects Africa Zambia Limited and the Governments of Zambia (GRZ) and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
The concessionaire has signed separate concession agreements with the respective Governments.