Energy and Water Development Minister Kenneth Konga said government was committed to promoting Public Private Participation in order to enhance development in the country.
Mr. Konga said this yesterday during the launch of Europa Drilling Services (EDS), a new company involved in providing drilling services which is been spearheaded by Zambians living in the United Kingdom.
Mr Konga said EDS could not have come at a better time into the water sector than when the capital city is experiencing cholera outbreak due to lack of clean and safe drinking water.
He said the water sector remains critical to the social and economic development of the country and was optimistic that EDS will contribute positively to the water sector in the country.
Mr Konga said Zambia currently faces acute water scarcity because of the inadequate infrastructure in the water sector as a result, the country lacks water for irrigation, power generating, for energy, agriculture, domestic and other aspects of water use.
He said the issues of climate change has created droughts in the country and has resulted in the scarcity of the commodity in the country.
Speaking earlier, EDS Chief Executive Officer Nawa Sumbwanyambe said his company is responding to government’s call for people in the diaspora to come and implement government’s efforts in social and economic development.
He said EDS is bringing in the country a cutting edge drilling equipment which was made possible through collaboration between a leading UK based drilling company and EDS.
Dr Sumbwanyambe said the equipment will add value to people’s lives as it will help people in water blue areas to access clean and safe drinking water.