The Zambian government is to spend slightly above K5 billion on a feasibility study for a dry port in Chipata, Eastern Province.
A tender promoted by the Zambia ministry of Finance currently circulating and whose eligibility is limited to the European Union (EU) states that the value of the study is 800,000 EUR.
“The overall objective of the project is the formulation and the detailed design study for the development of an intermodal dry port in Chipata, Zambia’ says the advert.
When asked to give more details on the topic, ministry of Finance spokesperson Chileshe Kandeta said:
“Where did you see that advert? Give me that document.”
And the Zambian government has undertaken to reduce unnecessary trips abroad and to cut workshops. In the 2010 letter of intent to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), government says:
“The government is committed to addressing potential weaknesses in tax administration and policy, and is taking remedial measures to reduce current spending to provide room for capital expenditures. The measures will include rationalization on the purchase of goods and services and reduction in the number of foreign trips and holding of workshops.”
Click here to read the full letter of Intent