Government is concerned about the low participation of local contractors in the executing of high value infrastructure projects in the country.
Muchinga province Permanent Secretary Bright Nundwe said this when he officiated at the four- day training workshop for small and medium scale contractors in the province under the National Council for construction (NCC) held in Chinsali.
ZANIS reports that Mr Nundwe attributed the low participation levels of small and medium scale contractors to lack of appropriate skills and technical knowledge.
He said it was for this reason that the government had provided an avenue through the NCC to build capacity for the local construction industry.
Mr Nundwe said although government valued the contribution of foreign contractors in the construction industry, it was also aware that one day they will not be there.
Mr Nundwe said it was therefore imperative that Zambian contractors position themselves and take over at an opportune time as there is no country worldwide that has been entirely developed by foreigners.
He said as much as the country needed the support from foreigners, Zambians must spearhead the development agenda of the country.
The workshop attracted participates from Muchinga, Northern and Copperbelt Provinces.
The topics expected to be covered during the workshop include contract law, preparation of responsive bids, corruption and the construction industry, introduction to green building technology, workers compensation and financial literacy.