The Zambian government recently announced the awarding of a contract to China Jiangsu International Economic and Technical Cooperation Group to construct a modern multi-facility international conference which will host the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit.
The contractor, according to the Zambian government, was expected to move on site in January 2020 to start construction works in Lusaka, the country’s capital.
The China-aided international conference represents just one among many other infrastructure projects being undertaken by various Chinese enterprises in Zambia.
Other notable mega projects include the upgrading of the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport into an ultra-modern airport.
The ongoing rehabilitation works being undertaken by China Jiangxi Corporation for International Economic and Technical Cooperation will see the country’s biggest airport have an ultra-modern terminal building with international standard that will be able to compete favorably with other airports in the region.
The Chinese-funded project is expected to be completed by next year.
On the other hand, construction of an ultra-modern international airport in Ndola city on the Copperbelt province is currently underway. The new airport is being constructed by China’s AVIC International and once completed, it will have the capacity of handling two million passengers per year.
There are many more projects being undertaken by Chinese enterprises in different parts of Zambia. Some of them are closely related to people’s livelihoods. The construction of the 449 million U.S. dollars project to improve the water supply system in some districts of the Copperbelt Province is one example.
The Kafulafuta Water Supply System Project, being undertaken by China National Complete Engineering Corporation, will benefit about 700,000 beneficiaries in four districts and will increase water supply hours from an average of 18 hours to 24 hours per day.
There is no doubt that Chinese enterprises have endeared themselves and found a place in helping Zambia improve its infrastructure development.
According to both government officials and members of the public, the Chinese enterprises have a different work culture and mentality towards work, a situation that enables them finish projects in stipulated times.
“For instance how many local contractors can you find working at night? But for the Chinese, you will find them working even at night. We need to embrace that spirit as Zambians,” said 24-year-old Dennis Zimba, a student at one of the colleges in the Zambian capital.
His views have been supported by Collins Bwembya who feels that the Chinese enterprises have an extra advantage of paying attention to details in order to ensure a perfect job.
Copperbelt Province Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe recently commended Chinese enterprises for executing quality works each time they are given a project and urged other contractors to emulate the Chinese firms. Enditem