The project objective is to improve road transport infrastructure and services through development of the priority road corridor to reduce transport costs between northern Zambia and southern Tanzania. This is to facilitate cross-border trade, enhance tourism, promote integration of the EAC, SADC and COMESA, improve accessibility for the communities in the zone of influence to markets and social services and contribute to the reduction of poverty taking into account green and inclusive growth
The main components of the entire project include: (a) Civil Works for; (i) the Rehabilitation of the Chinsali - Nakonde road section (210km) in Zambia; (ii) Rehabilitation of 50km of feeder roads and (iii) Complementary Initiatives/ Social Infrastructure (b) Consulting Services for (i) Design Review and Supervision of the Works; (ii) Sensitisation of project area inhabitants on HIV/AIDS, STIs, Communicable Diseases and Environmental Protection; (iii) project Audits - Financial and Technical; (iv) Monitoring and Evaluation of Project Impacts; (v) Road Safety and (vi) Sector Studies - Feasibility and Detailed Engineering Design of Feira crossing in Luangwa (Zambezi River).(c) Trade Facilitation (d) Resettlement and Compensation (e) Institutional Support. The civil works for the Chinsali - Nakonde road section will be implemented in two lots, namely, Lot 1: Isoka - Nakonde (110km) and Lot 2: Chinsali - Isoka (100km). The civil works are to be implemented in parallel, estimated construction time of 30 months (2.5 years) for each. Current Status (Oct 2014): The Feasibility, Preliminary Design and Detailed Engineering Design and Environmental and Social Economic Impact Assessment Studies have been completed and have been reviewed by the Bank. Some of the documents require to be updated to take into account comments raised. A Resettlement Action Plan has not yet been prepared.This is now under preparation and it is expected that a draft is to be submitted in the third week of November 2014. The Final RAP is expected mid-December 2014. Project appraisal was conducted in October 2014, and it is anticipated that the project shall be presented for Board consideration in Q2 2015.
The project benefits will include improved transport services and lower transport costs between along the corridor and across the common boarder. The corridor will provide development stimulus and foster regional integration and promote competitiveness to allow economies of scale and reduce the cost of doing business. The traveling public will benefit from a reduction in travel times associated with increased speeds due to the upgrade and improve movement of persons and goods and ultimately increase economic activity. The principal beneficiaries will be the tourism industry, cross border traders and communities in the zone of influence and the tripartite at large.
Within the context of pursuing an integrated African Continent, various corridors have been identified for upgrading, rehabilitation and improvement to facilitate easy flow of traffic across borders. This is to enhance cross-border trade and tourism, while promoting promote regional integration. The Trans-Africa Highway/North-South Corridor link - referred to under the project (Chinsali - Nakonde) is of strategic importance to both Zambia, and its neighbors in the region. The road forms part of the three RECs Regional Trunk Road Networks that is meant to reduce the cost of doing business and improve competitiveness of the continent. The project will facilitate movement of goods and people between the southern part of Africa and Eastern Africa. The rehabilitation of the road is in line with the development objectives and priorities of GoZ and the Bank's Strategy (2013-2022) which encompasses two objectives;(i) Inclusive Growth and (ii) Transition to Green Growth. The core priority areas in the Strategy include (i) Infrastructure development, (ii) Regional Integration, and (iii) Private sector that are all addressed under the project. The project has been identified in the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) as one of the Priority Action Plan (PAP) projects - the continental regional infrastructure development programme adopted for implementation by the African Union Heads of State in January 2012. The PIDA PAP, meant for implementation up to year 2020 is being prioritised for assistance by all regional and continental stakeholders and development partners and has consequently been ranked high by the NEPAD-IPPF Strategic Business Plan for 2011 - 2015