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Zambians should be lead consultants on projects-Inonge Wina

Economy Zambians should be lead consultants on projects-Inonge Wina

VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina
VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina

ACTING President Inonge Wina says there is need to promote a trend where Zambians are awarded contracts as lead consultants but bring in requisite expertise from foreigners.

Mrs Wina said doing so would be one sure way to grow the local industry through sustained workloads and appropriate transfer of skills and expertise.

“Even as the local consultants are considered for these contracts, it should not merely be a question of satisfying the local market, but this should be made on merit,” Mrs Wina said.

The acting President was speaking when she officiated at the Golden Jubilee of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Zambia (ACEZ).

She said consulting engineers have provided the highest level of technical advice to various sectors in fostering development in Zambia.

“The country is going through a critical phase in its development. This, therefore, calls for a reliable and functional infrastructure base in the agriculture, tourism, transport, mining, roads, water, manufacturing and social sectors,” Mrs Wina said.

She said in view of the urgent need to address the infrastructure needs, it will be necessary to simplify upstream procedures such as procurement and feasibility assessment so that projects are quickly implemented.

Mrs Wina said critical to the development is a close harmonised relationship between project promoters led by Government, technical and professional advisors, who are the consultants, and project implementers as contractors.

She said there is a huge backlog of maintenance against a backlog of new infrastructure in areas of the country that still need to be opened up.
The acting President said the inclusiveness will also ensure specific needs of the country are clearly articulated and covered in the agreements.

And Mrs Wina said Government is deeply concerned with sub-standard projects being delivered.

And, earlier, ACEZ chairman Charles Haanyika said the association is fully aware of the current challenges the country is facing in the transport, energy, water and other sectors of the economy.

Mr Haanyika said the association would continue working closely with Government to help resolve the problems.

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4 COMMENTS

  1. How can often times a lead consultant, lead expert on curbing the spread of mosquitoes in Zambia, gender based violence, education evaluation, hiv/aids and other western funded programs just to mention a few in Zambia be a muzungu??? When he/she has NO practical experience of the Zambian issues at hand or where they come from mosquitoes don’t exist…
    Madam president, I’m with YOU on this issue… Only an indigenous person can truly be an expert!
    Ati an Zambian been an expert on local issues in England or America, my foot!!

  2. This old Grandma is talking nonsense you have been power for 5 years why did you not implement such polices for GRZ contracts…just sit down and enjoy your salaries silly woman!!

  3. if your leadership style is a sure way of what we can expect with Zambians being lead consultants on so called projects, i can bet you anything that we would be headed for failure as usual. by the way, I am am all for Zambians progressing in every conceivable way, the only problem in most instances is that a lot of people lack the drive and work ethic required for such. And you mama Inonge and your cronies are a good example.

    why do we still have shanty compounds in Zambia?
    You close Universities at a whim and somehow you expect to produce world class leaders for the projects you are alluding to
    99% of people in your village are poor and you talk about lead consultants being Zambians.
    you as woman make all women ashamed except of course for those that are beneficiaries of your…

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