Handing over of the Project for Improvement of NDOLA and KITWE City Roads
The handover ceremony for the Project for the Improvement of Ndola and Kitwe City roads took place in Ndola City in the Copperbelt Province on 9 November 2012. The Government of Japan provided 27 million USD (approximately 135 billion ZMK) for the Project.
Dignitaries present at the event included His Excellency Mr. Akio Egawa, Ambassador of Japan to the Republic of Zambia, Hon. Emerine Kabanshi, MP, Minister of Local Government and Housing, Mr. Stanford Musichili, Permanent Secretary of the Copperbelt Province, His Worship Davis Chiwala, Mayor of Ndola City and Mr. Yoshihide Teranishi, Resident Representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Ndola and Kitwe cities are at the centre of the mining industry, the main sector for export of Zambia. But the roads there were very narrow and did not allow ease of passage for big vehicles. Roads become damaged and, moreover, there was no walkway for pedestrians. This Project will result in increased safety and smooth passage for mining traffic as well as ordinary people of the Republic of Zambia.
It is hoped that the roads will be well utilised and maintained, so that they will have a positive long-lasting impact on the people of the region, and will symbolise the long-lasting friendship between the people of Japan and the people of Zambia.
To read the speech by Ambassador Egawa at this ceremony, please click here