Government says it is determined to ensure state of the art
national stadium is put in place in Lusaka.
Sport, Youth and Child Development Permanent Secretary, Susan Sikaneta, says the country is currently relies on Konkola Stadium in Chililabombwe on the Copperbelt for important international matches.
Speaking when she met a 9-man delegation from China at the Independence stadium in Lusaka today, The PS said government is geared to accelerate the funds for the completion of the US$65 million Independence Stadium.
Ms. Sikaneta said told the Chinese Architectures and Engineers that they will be working closely with her Ministry and the Ministry of Works and Supply.
She said the Ndola stadium that is under construction will cost US$65 million, while the Livingstone one would cost US$57 million.
She disclosed that her ministry has devised an action plan to facilitate smooth construction works at the stadium.
She said her ministry will be conducting inspection tours and monitoring of construction works of the three stadiums on a monthly basis.
She said Zambia is keen to learn from China in the area of construction and engineering.
And Chinese delegation leader Jin Meikang said three stadia to be constructed in the country will have the life span of 50 years.
Mr. Meikang, who is in the country to conduct feasibility studies on the construction of the stadia, said the stadia will be of international standards with a capacity of over 40,000 spectators.
Yesterday, Mr. Meikang and his team from Anltui Foreign T-conomil Construction Group arrived in the country to construct three stadiums in Zambia.
Recently, Sport, Youth and Child Development Minister Kenneth Chipungu accompanied with his Permanent Secretary Susan Sikaneta visited China to negotiate for the construction of modern sports infrastructure to which the Chinese government has favorably responded.