China State Construction Engineering Corporation (CSCEC) has been awarded a contract for water and sanitation improvement project in the northern part of Zambia, a Zambian government official said Wednesday.
The Northern Province Permanent Secretary, Royd Chakaba, said at the contract-signing ceremony that the Chinese firm had since engaged seven local firms as sub-contractors for the 27 million U.S. dollars project.
The project will improve water and sanitation services in the Northern Province’s two districts of Kasama and Mbala.
The sub-contracting of the project was the fulfillment of the 20 percent sub-contracting policy in which foreign firms are expected to offer local ones, the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation, the state-broadcaster, quoted the permanent secretary.
Chakaba said that the government expected the Chinese contractor to transfer skills to local contractors as part of the capacity-building programme.
The permanent secretary stressed that the performance of the local contractors in the project would demonstrate their readiness to take up big projects and urged them to take the opportunity seriously.
Chen Xiaobo, acting general manager of the CSCEC, pledged his company’s commitment to sharing experiences with local contractors. (Xinhua/NAN)
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