Zambia - Infrastructure DevelopmentZambia - Infrastructure Development
Infrastructure development still remains a major challenge to growth, economic diversification, and human development in Zambia. Major areas in this sector include investment in health, education, and water and sanitation; increase power generation capacity through up-grading and construction of new hydropower stations, and use of alternative energy sources; improving and expanding the rail network to reduce the burden placed on road infrastructure; and constructing additional inter provincial and inter district roads to open up the country through the Link Zambia 8000 project.
It is estimated that the backlog of housing units in Zambia is about 1.3 million and that 110,000 units per year will be required to clear the backlog for next ten years.
Sub-Sector Best Prospects
Zambia is implementing the Link Zambia 8000 project which is aimed at transforming the country from land-locked to land- linked. The project involves upgrading roads to bituminous standards of 8,201 km at an estimated cost of $5.6 billion; National Road Tolling also aimss to keep the core road network in maintainable condition and broaden financing options for road infrastructure development; the Pave Zambia 2000 which is aimed at rehabilitation of 2000 km of urban roads; and the L400 which entails construction of 400 km of Lusaka Urban roads at $348 million.
Providing finance for the housing and other infrastructure projects is another opportunity for U.S. investors. Zambia has a critical shortage of housing estimated to be about 1.3 million units countrywide and government recommends an annual delivery rate of 110,000 units per year to meet demand in the next 10 years. Other areas include the mining industry, shopping centers, real estate development and offices,; rail, and other transport networks.
Key government and regulatory agencies
Ministry of Works and Supply
P.O. Box 50236,
Tel: +260-211 252366/ +260-211 254108
Road Development Agency
HQ, Government Road
P.O. Box 50003
Tel: +260 211 253088/ +260-211 253801
Fax: +260 211 253404
Zambia Environmental Management Authority (ZEMA)
P.O. Box 35131,
Tel: +260-211 254130/ + 260-211 254164
National Construction Council
P.O. Box 39548,
Tel: +260-211 247185/ +260-211 240386
National Council for Construction
Road Development Agency
Zambia Development Agency
Zambia Design and Construction Services Trade Development and Promotion