The National Empowerment Forum (NEF) has observed that President Edgar Lungu’s directive that 20 percent of the development projects contracts he announced recently be awarded to Copperbelt based contractors is misplaced.
President Lungu recently urged retrenched miners on the Copperbelt to form cooperatives in the construction sector and directed that 20 percent of contracts for the projects he announced be reserved for Copperbelt contractors to benefit the ex miners.
But NEF Executive Director Edgar Siakachoma has told Hot FM Radio that the retrenched miners have no capacity to undertake the civil works as they do not have the technical knowledge in construction.
The three projects are the US$397 million Ndola International Airport, C-400 Copperbelt Township Roads which will cost US$492 million and the US$400 million Kafubu Water Reticulation System.
And the Centre for Trade Policy and Development has demanded that Government releases the technical report produced by the IMF mission team on its recent visit on the state of the Zambian economy.
CTPD Executive Director Isabel Mukelabai observed that making the technical report public would enable Zambians have a better appreciation of the current economic crisis.