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.




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

    The Pacific is literally built on sand. Find out more about our six participating countries and one focus country in the region.

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East Africa

Population growth is creating a huge demand for housing and infrastructure, as well as the Development Minerals needed for the construction industry.


West Africa

Guinea-Conakry is one of the world's top bauxite producers, but it also has the potential to realise opportunities from the mining of Development Minerals.


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

The Government of Cameroon requires contracting authorities to incorporate local materials in the construction of public buildings.



Ancient coral, long ago compressed into limestone under the weight of mud, sand and yet more coral, accounts for 65% of the Jamaican island by weight, and 85% of its surface coverage.



Of the 68 active mineral extraction sites in Fiji, 66 mine Development Minerals.

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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