Infrastructure development is one of the government’s priority areas and is upheld in both the Sixth National Development Plan and the National Vision 2030. To cover the infrastructure shortage and to improve access to a quality and affordable infrastructure service, the country intends to facilitate PPP projects across industries that include roads, railways, boarder support infrastructure, energy, real estate and housing, agricultural services, health and airports.
In 2008, the Zambian government approved a policy framework for the implementation of PPPs covering stakeholder roles, protection of public interest, value for money and service quality. Following the policy pronouncement in 2009, the parliament in August 2009 passed the PPP Act No. 14 of 2009.
In 2013, the government decided to subsume the PPP Unit under the Zambia Development Agency. The Agency is responsible for identifying and packaging projects to promote them to investors. It is also involved in the monitoring of PPPs, while the PPP Office coordinates and evaluates projects. In addition, an Industrial Development Commission was formed.
Although several PPP projects were signed before the enactment of the PPP Act, most of them failed and the lack of a solid PPP framework was seen as the key driver of this failure.
In August 2016, the government reached an important milestone signing the first PPP contract since the PPP Act was introduced, the Kaluba-Mwenda road PPP project, which has a total investment of $180 million. Tenders to seek private developers for several roads and railways across the country and COMESA’s Lusaka Headquarters facilities have also been launched during the last two years.
The Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) is published in the Global Competitiveness Report and assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies. The GCI Infrastructure Score is a component of the overall index and covers transport, electricity and telephony infrastructure.
As a multi-sector partnership between the private secgtor, NGOs and academia that focuses on developing commercially viable models to help water utilities and municipal authorities reach all citizens with improved water and sanitation.
For subsistence farmers in a dry and dusty region 45kms south of Zambia’s capital Lusaka, the abundant source of water that would transform their livelihoods has never been far away. It flows along the Kafue River and, thanks to the Chiansi irrigation project, those waters are now being harnessed all year round – offering local farmers a way to break the cycle of poverty. The key innovation of this project is in delivering the benefits of large-scale farming (through commercial irrigation) to small-scale, poor farmers, many of whom are regularly dependent on weekly food aid to subsist.
This study is a product of the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD), a project designed to expand the world’s knowledge of physical infrastructure in Africa. The AICD provides a baseline against which future improvements in infrastructure services can be measured, making it possible to monitor the results achieved from donor support. It also offers a solid empirical foundation for prioritizing investments and designing policy reforms in Africa’s infrastructure sectors.
The focus of the AICD country reports is on benchmarking sector performance and quantifying the main financing and efficiency gaps at the country level. These reports are particularly relevant to national policy makers and development partners working on...