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Zambia - Telecommunication II Project - PPER
The first Bank intervention in the telecommunications sector of Zambia dated back to 1974. During this year an ADB of UA 4.2 million was extended to the Government of Zambia to construct a PANAFTEL microwave route from Lusaka to Mbeya (on the Tanzanian boarder).
The Telecommunications II project was conceived, along with the PANAFTEL project, in the then Development Programme but its implementation was delayed due to lack of resources. Government's official request for ADB financing was made in 1982. The project was then included in the subsequent five-year (1984/85-1989/90) Development Programme, which was aimed at improving the overall services through the expansion of the telecommunications systems. The total cost estimates of the programme was about UA 150 million, of which UA 30 million was local cost. The programme was sub-divided into several self-contained projects to facilitate financing from external sources and several bilateral financiers and the Bank were approached to provide the required financing.