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PPP model may not solve all infrastructure challenges- ZACCO

• The Public Private Partnership is good to deliver infrastructure to the Zambian people.
• However, it is not a panacea to the challenges in terms of infrastructure.
• The system is too slow to handle urgent situations.

Zambia Association of Citizen Contractors (ZACCO) says the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model may not solve all the infrastructure challenges the country is currently facing.
Speaking in an interview with Money FM News, Association General Secretary Danny Simumba says this is because the system is too slow to handle urgent situations.
Mr. Simumba notes that country has a number of infrastructure which has deteriorated and needs urgent attention such as Chingola-Kasumbalesa road, Ndola-Lusaka road, and Ndola-Luanshya road among others.
He adds that the best option to handle urgent situations is to rely on other conventional levels of procurement where delivery of infrastructure can be much quicker than the triple P model.
“The Public Private Partnership, triple P model is good to deliver infrastructure to the Zambian people. However, it is not a panacea to the challenges we have as a country in terms of infrastructure. What I mean is that the PPP may not solve all the problems we have as regards infrastructure.”
“The system is too slow to handle urgent situations like the case is in Zambia where we have infrastructure which has deteriorated, for instance we have roads which are in bad shape such as Chingola-Kasumbalesa road, Ndola-Lusaka road, and Ndola-Luanshya road among others. So when you rely on PPP, that means you have to rely on other conventional levels of procurement where delivery of infrastructure can be quicker,” Mr. Simumba explained.
Mr. Simumba further stressed the need to interrogate the PPP model to see whether it will bring the desired results.
“Yes the PPP is what government is trying to leverage on to deliver infrastructure, we need to interrogate the model and see whether it will bring the desired results. The year is coming to an end but we have not seen any PPP commencing or moving on site, so this is a concern for us and even to the government it should be a concern because Zambians want to have good roads,” he added.

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