A well-functioning transport system has the potential to reduce the overall cost of doing business in the country and to increase efficiency in the movement of goods and people within Zambia. Furthermore, the Country’s central location places it in a key position to become a transportation hub.
The 2022 budget recognizes road, rail, air and maritime infrastructure as key drivers of economic activity as well as trade and investment within Zambia, across the region and beyond. As a way of improving the transport sector the following will be addressed in the 2022 budget:
- Maintenance and rehabilitation a total of 4,300km of rural feeder roads. Special emphasis will be placed on rehabilitating roads with economic significance such as the Lusaka-Ndola, Chinsali-Nakonde and Kazungula-Sesheke roads.
- In terms of air transport, focus will be on the completion of Kasama and Mbala airports. The maintenance and rehabilitation of provincial airports are expected to facilitate transport for cargo and passengers and therefore contribute to the growth of Zambia’s tourism sector.
- In view of its current fiscal constraints, Government will aggressively pursue Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in order to maintain, rehabilitate and construct infrastructure related to the transport sector. The Public Private Partnership Act No. 14 of 2009 will be repealed and replaced by a new act.