Zambia’s US$259.3m Kazungula Bridge project kicks off
Construction of Zambia’s Kazungula bridge has started after the ground-breaking ceremony was held on the Botswana side of the Kazungula border on 12 September.
The ceremony was led by Vice-President Guy Scott and his Botswana counterpart, Ponatshego Kedikilwe. The multimillion dollar bridge is expected to be completed by 2018. The contractor is Daewoo Engineering and Construction.
The project will be undertaken by Zambia and Botswana governments, with financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).
In addition to creating job opportunities, the Kazungula Bridge project is expected to facilitate faster movement of products within the region. It will reduce the transit time from 36 hours to two hours. It will also reduce transportation costs and the cost of doing business and increase revenue for the two countries.