Zambia: Paving the Road to Success
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.
It is on the back of large-scale construction projects such as this, that Zambia's National Consultation workshop was held in Lusaka from 14-15 July 2016. The meeting brought together 46 participants spanning the program's targeted stakeholder group to deliberate upon the catalytic role of Development Minerals in Zambia's national development planning. In his key note address, Mr. Paul Chanda, by the Ag Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Mines and Minerals Development, stressed the importance of Development Minerals in job creation through value-addition, to tackle the very high unemployment rate faced by Zambian nationals.