Former Vice President in the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) government Enock Kavindele has implored Moxico provincial administration in Angola to support the railway construction project.
The rail line is aimed at connecting Zambia and Angola.
Mr. Kavindele, who is North-West Rail Company Chairperson, said the rail project will greatly benefit people of the two countries during and after the construction.
He said the railway line will not only ease trade between the two neighbouring countries but will also open Angola to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) market.
Mr. Kavindele said the construction works of the project, which is scheduled to commence early next year, is projected to cost about US $1 billion on the Zambian side and not less than US$ 500 million on the Angolan side.
He added that about 6,000 direct job opportunities are projected to be created for Angolans while many more indirect jobs will be created through subcontractors.
Mr. Kavindele said this when he made a presentation at a business forum on Moxico potentials and opportunities held in Luena, the provincial capital of Moxico province in Angola during the Moxico Expo.
Speaking at the same event, former Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation Managing Director, Cyprian Chitundu, who is Smart Energy Services Director, said Moxico province has a huge development potential in various sectors including energy.
And Moxico Province Governor, Gancalve Muandumba said his administration was ready to support investment in establishing projects that are going to accelerate development in the province.
Dr. Muandumba said the province suffered heavy destruction of infrastructure in various sectors during the civil war that erupted after the country gained independence.
He said the damaged infrastructure needs to be reconstructed.
He added that Moxico Province has a lot of investment opportunities in agriculture, tourism, energy and many other sectors that can be exploited by anyone willing to set up investment in the region.
The North-western Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in collaboration with the North-western provincial administration has dispatched a group of entrepreneurs to participate in the expo in Angola.
The group is led by North-western Province Deputy Permanent Secretary, Douglas Ngimbu and Chamber of Commerce Provincial president, Josephine Makondo.