Tourism and Arts Permanent Secretary Dr. Howard Sikwela has called on the consultant for Long Acre Lodge redevelopment to conclude the paper work and come up with a salable document within 2018.
Speaking when he officiated at the lodge’s revamping feasibility study presentation this morning, the PS said the document should be done timely so that the development project takes off and the Government can realize the much-needed benefit for the Zambian people.
He said in whatever way, it should be the Zambian people that must benefit because they are a priority in any development process.
Dr. Sikwela said the Zambians should be considered first so that they can see the benefits from the development even if they do not sleep in the facility.
And project consultant Hillary Zebron said his said there is plant appetite for developers to take up the lodge.
Zebron said what will be cardinal is to find some who has the resources and better means to quicken the project implementation once the paper work is approved.
He said his team are able to find the financiers and developers for the project.
Meanwhile, according to Mr Zik Zekko the project cost is USD 211m which includes USD10.5m of the land and that this good value that the public sector is availing.
He said that the private sector should come come with USD10.5m as an equal partner.
Mr Zekko said this would give a 90 to percent equity ration to who soever will be come in as a partner from the private sector.