Zambia could use cobblestone technology in the road construction sector-UNDP

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Part of the tared Chirundu-Lusaka road under construction by China Henan in Chirundu DistrictPart of the tared
Chirundu-Lusaka road under construction by China Henan in
Chirundu District

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has observed
that despite Zambia having the mineral resources that can be
used for cobblestone technology in the road construction
sector, the country is not utilizing the minerals.

UNDP country director Colleen Zamba has attributed this to the
fact that the technology has not been fully embraced in the
country, and the absence of skills in this area.

Ms. Zamba said that the cobblestone paving is a viable and cost
effective way of road paving using the development mineral
materials.

Speaking during the Cobblestone technology training course
organised by the National Council for Construction, Ms Zamba
said that the training in cobblestone paving comes at a
critical stage when Zambia is implementing the Pave Zambia 2000
initiative, and meets the programme objective of promoting the
use and management of development minerals.

Ms. Zamba said that the training programme in cobblestone
paving has been deliberately tailored to target young people
and women to enhance gender equality and address the challenges
faced by women in the industry.

And National Council for Construction Executive Director Mathew
Ngulube has said that the development minerals play a very
critical role in the development of the country and
construction industry.

Mr. Ngulube also stressed the importance of development
minerals in job creation through value-addition, adding that it
is for this reason that the NCC organized the training to help
participants tap into the existing business potential.

One hundred and forty-seven participants have participated in
the country training programs in mine and quarry management and
entrepreneurship skills training under the ACP-EU Development
Minerals Programme since it was introduced.

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