PRESIDENT Lungu has appointed Minister of Finance Alexander Chikwanda as chairperson of the public private partnership council (PPPC) and tasked him to ensure all outstanding projects are implemented.
The appointment is in line with the PPP Act number 14 of 2009, which designates the Minister of Finance as chairperson of the council.
In a statement released yesterday by the President’s special assistant for press and public relations, Amos Chanda, Mr Lungu directed Mr Chikwanda to ensure that the PPPC is operational.
Mr Chikwanda will be deputised by the Minister of Works and Supply, Yamfwa Mukanga.
Other members of the council are Margaret Mwanakatwe, Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry, Dora Siliya, Minister of Energy and Water Development and Steven Kampyongo, Minister of Local Government and Housing.
Others sitting on the council are Samuel Mukupa, chairperson of the Road Development Agency, Moses Zama, former Energy Regulation Board chief executive officer and an energy expert, Fungai Musana, quality surveyor and investment advisor and Salvatore Hara, a structural engineer.
The President expects the council to work expeditiously to implement all outstanding PPP projects and not to work on new ones as part of government strategy to reduce expenditure on infrastructure development whilst strengthening private sector participation.
“It is not right that well-meaning policies of PPP could be on statute books for years without any tangible project seeing the light of day,” President Lungu said.
During the official opening of the 5th session of the National Assembly, President Lungu directed that an autonomous body be created to professionally deal with PPP matters and that State House, in liaison with Cabinet Office and relevant stakeholders, must spearhead the formation of this body, which will eventually be taken to Cabinet Office.