The Republic of Zambia is a landlocked country in southern Africa, with a land area of 752,614 km2, a population of 16 million people, and a tropical climate.

Development Minerals in Zambia


Zambia is paving more than 2000km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.

Development Minerals in Zambia

The Development Minerals sector in Zambia has historically been overshadowed by the mining of copper, cobalt and emerald. However, on the back of Zambia's flourishing building and construction industry the Zambian government and other stakeholders are becoming increasingly aware of the potential of Development Minerals to alleviate poverty, create employment and generate national income.

The success of Ethiopia's cobblestone project for road construction led to the decision by Zambia's Road Development Agency (RDA) to follow in their footsteps through the Pave Zambia 2000 project which will see 2000km of existing urban and township roads rehabilitated over a period of five years using the interlocking paving brick and cobblestone technology. This project is expected to create employment for a minimum of 20,000 Zambians as well as boost the construction sector through the local supply of aggregates for the production of concrete block pavers, cement and river sand.

Challenges, however, remain in the sector. Informality is contributing to significant occupational health and safety, environment and community relations challenges that need to be addressed.

In July 2016, 46 stakeholders attended the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme National Consultation Workshop in Lusaka to discuss the potential of the sector and to craft a national roadmap and workplan for the implementation of the ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme in Zambia.


ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

‘Development Minerals’ are minerals and materials that are mined, processed, manufactured and used domestically in industries such as construction, manufacturing, and agriculture.

Development Minerals are economically important close to the location where the commodity is mined. They include industrial minerals, construction materials, dimension stones and semi-precious stones.

  • Africa

    The African Union Commission has called member states to prioritize 'Development Minerals' as part of Africa's industrialization agenda. Find out more about our twenty-eight participating countries and four focus countries in Africa.

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  • Caribbean

    "Development Minerals" underpin the construction and tourism sectors in the Caribbean. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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  • Pacific

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East Africa

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West Africa

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Southern Africa

Zambia is paving more than 2000 km of roads with locally sourced pavers and cobblestones and in the process is creating tens of thousands of jobs.


Central Africa

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Participating Countries

Forty (40) countries are participating in regional level training and knowledge exchange. Find out which ones.

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Focus Countries

Six (6) countries are undertaking in depth capacity building and country level training.

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