Zambian President Michael Sata has said his administration will soon launch the “Pave Zambia 2000”project, the first of its kind and scale in Zambia meant to create employment and repair major urban roads countrywide.
The project, according to the President, encompasses segmented paving and cobbles of approximately 2,000 kilometres of urban roads which are in poor condition, requiring rehabilitation in all the country’s 10 provinces.
President Sata said government would this year accelerate the implementation of the industrialization and job creation strategy, aimed at transforming the economy with the centre of attention being on sectors with high employment creation potential such as agriculture, tourism, construction and manufacturing.
“These sectors have the highest requirement for labour and labour intensive projects as well as the potential to be highly competitive and thus encourage growth, employment, value addition and ultimately expand the country’s economic base,” Sata said in a statement Wednesday.
He underscored his government’s desire and resolve to improve the road infrastructure through the implementation of the on-going Link Zambia 8,000 road project in the country, launched last year, which to date has resulted in about 12,850 road sector jobs being created countrywide.
President Sata also reiterated government’s commitment to creating a better Zambia for all by providing inspirational and visionary leadership to the nation and promoting inclusive governance.