Zambia has received a 30 million kwacha grant from the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) for the modernization of a weighbridge in Kafue.
“The Kafue weighbridge is one element of UK support to boost trade and develop key transport infrastructure in Southern Africa,” British High Commissioner to Zambia Fergus Cochrane-Dyet said during the official opening of the weighbridge.
He also noted the importance of infrastructure development for a ‘land-linked’ country like Zambia. “Projects like this one will help to stimulate economic growth and create more jobs for young Zambians.”
The project includes the upgrading of the final section of the Lusaka-Chirundu Road which connects with the One Stop Border Post at Chirundu, expected to be completed in early 2017.
The new facility will measure the axle-weight of trucks using this route, helping to reduce overloading and the associated damage on one of Zambia and Southern Africa’s most important trade routes.
It is predicted to reduce overloading from about 20 per cent of trucks to five per cent which will result in more than 80 million kwacha maintenance savings for the Zambian government.
The Kafue weighbridge will make it easier, safer and quicker to move goods from production points to border crossings, helping the country diversify its economy and increase its trade with neighbouring countries.