Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
March 28, 2013


Topic: Zambian Road Sector: Link Zambia 8000 Project

Host: United States Ambassador to Zambia Mark C. Storella

Date, time, time zone for call: Thursday, March 28, 2013; 11:00 a.m. EDT (17:00 Lusaka time)

Special Guests: Zambia Road Development Agency CEO Bernard Chiwala and American Chamber of Commerce in Zambia President David Vosburg

Brief description of call: The Zambian economy is forecast to grow between 7.5 and 8 percent annually over the next five years. To sustain this growth, Zambia needs to upgrade its transportation infrastructure. The Zambia Road Development Agency (RDA) has reached out and encouraged major American engagement in the Zambian road sector. Specifically, the RDA proposes that American companies consider undertaking a large portion of the RDA’s Link Zambia 8000 Road Project.

This priority government project envisions building 8000 km (5000 miles) of high quality single and dual lane roads throughout the landlocked country. As the largest copper producer in Africa, Zambia relies heavily on its road network to ship mine inputs and exports overseas through its eight neighboring countries. Zambia’s neighbors also heavily use Zambian roads to provide a reliable and shorter path to African ports. The Link Zambia 8000 Project is expected to last at least five years and is estimated to cost over $5 to $6 billion. The RDA has proposed U.S. companies consider undertaking the construction of key toll roads which will carry the bulk of commercial traffic and could be built and operate on a sustainable revenue model. These priority toll routes comprise the backbone of Zambia’s national road network, including: Solwezi to Kazungula (with a spur to Kasumbalesa); Kapiri Mposhi to Nakonde; and Lusaka to Mchinji via Chipata. Developed and managed properly, this project could make Zambia a transportation hub for Southern Africa. The RDA has invited world-class American road construction project management companies to take part in this growth opportunity.

In addition to roads, the construction sector in Zambia offers opportunities in housing, urban planning and power generation and distribution. Other growth sectors in Zambia include Mining, Agriculture, Energy, Transportation, and Water Management.

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