Chinsali, 16th January, 2020
Water Development, Sanitation and Environmental Protection Permanent Secretary, Mabvuto Sakala, has urged Commercial Water Utilities to ensure they adhere to the 20 per cent sub -contracting policy as they implement projects.
The Permanent Secretary says the implementation of the policy is expected to raise employment and stimulate local economic activities in the areas where such projects are being undertaken.
He said this when he toured Chambeshi Water Supply and Sanitation Company infrastructure in Chinsali District in Muchinga Province.
“The important part is that we have Government presence. It is the Provincial and the District Administrations who are on the ground to help us enforce the 20 per cent local contracting policy. My appeal to the local contractors is that when they are awarded the contracts, let them perform according to expectation and keep improving,” he said.
And Mr. Sakala has implored international contractors to build capacities in local contractors.
“Going forward, it is up to the international contractors to help build capacity in the local contractors because there are no two ways about the implementation of the 20 per cent National Policy on local sub – contracting,” he added.
Nakonde and Mpika Districts in Muchinga Province are part of the 12 districts in the country to benefit from the US$ 150 million Integrated Small Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project.
Other districts to benefit from the project are Mbala, Kasama, Samfya, Kawambwa, Mwense, Mansa, Kaoma, Mongu, Senanga and Sesheke.
The project which is aimed at improving the financial viability of Commercial Water Utilities will also increase coverage and sanitation services to about 930, 000 people.
The project will include the rehabilitation and construction of new reservoirs, water network facilities and construction and rehabilitation of sewer networks.
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