Zambia, Japan sign K15 billion financial agreement
The Zambian government has signed a K15 billion financial agreement with the Japanese government for the ground water development project in Luapula province.
The project would be undertaken in three phases covering a period of two years and would be conducted in all the seven districts of Luapula.
It will be funded by the Japanese government through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Joel Ngo and Director for the Department of Housing and Infrastructure, Peter Lubambo signed on behalf of the Zambian government in Tokyo, Japan last evening.
This is according to a statement released to the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today by the Zambian Embassy in Japan.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Zambia’s Ambassador to Japan, Godfrey Simasiku and the acting Head of Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, Etambuyu Siwale.
Mr. Ngo hailed the Japanese government for the continued friendship and support in various sectors of the Zambian economy.
He said his ministry would work and support the project contractors, Nissaku and the consultant, Japan Techno to ensure that it was successfully completed.
Mr. Ngo expressed hope that improved and safe water supply would help reduce waterborne diseases such as river blindness among others in Luapula province.
The signing agreement follows successful negotiations that started in July this year.
Luapula province joins other provinces such as Western in benefiting from similar programmes.
In mid October this year, the contractor is expected to move on site and start drilling and equipping 200 boreholes.
The project will also include the establishment of operations and maintenance of systems in all the seven districts.
The seven districts of Luapula province are Mansa, Nchelenge, Samfya, Kawambwa, Mwense, Chiengi, and Milenge.