By NATION REPORTER
THE Kazungula Bridge is now ready to be officially commissioned by the Presidents of Zambia and Botswana, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Vincent Mwale has said.
Mr Mwale said this after carrying out a final inspection of the Bridge together with his Botswana counterpart Thulangano Segokgo.
Speaking at a joint media briefing in the middle of the ultramodern bridge, Mr Mwale said the two Governments were excited with the completion of the bridge.
He said the new bridge would help ease movement of goods and services not only between the two countries but the entire Southern African region.
Mr Mwale said the bridge would reduce the transit time for heavy duty vehicles between Zambia and Botswana from more than 3 days to only 2 hours.
“This is a great milestone in the promotion of trade and regional integration,” he said.
And Mr Segokgo said the Kazungula bridge was one of the best modern engineering venture not only in Southern Africa but the entire Africa.
“This is one of the best modern engineering venture in the entire Africa, not only in the region,” said Mr Segokgo.
Meanwhile, Southern Province Minister, Edify Hamukale said it was impressive that the facility which was one of the biggest in Africa was in his province.
He thanked Government for implementing the project in his area.
Meanwhile, Housing and Infrastructure Development Permanent Secretary, Danny Mfune said significant progress had been made in coming up with the Kazungula Bridge Project Authority.
Eng. Mfune said the authority would oversee the day to day operations of the Kazungula Bridge one stop border facility.