Govt in talks with DRC, Angola over road connectivity
By OLIVER SAMBOKO
GOVERNMENT’S engagement of the Congo DR and Angola is aimed at ensuring that the construction of international bituminous roads leading to these countries are synchronised to guarantee consistent end-user benefit.
Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Minister Charles Milupi said the new dawn administration is committed to upgrading to international bituminous standard core roads leading to DRC and Angola, through the Copperbelt and North-Western provinces.
He said Solwezi-Kipushi Border Road, leading to the DRC, and the Mutanda-Kalumbila-Mwinilunga-Ikeleng’i-Jimbe Border Road, leading to Angola, will be prioritized to facilitate international trade opportunities from the two countries.
Mr Milupi said to get full benefits, Government is engaging DRC and Angola, so that the construction of these international bituminous roads on both sides of the borders are synchronised to guarantee consistent end-user benefits.
“As for the Copperbelt, the Chingola-Chililabombwe-Kasumbalesa Border Road will be upgraded to a dual carriageway. The current traffic congestion at the border where about 850 trucks are cleared daily, is unacceptable and negatively affecting economic growth,” said Mr Milupi.
He has also directed the Road Development Agency to quickly carry out emergency works on the Mokambo-Mufulira Road since funds are available.