(ZANIS) Democratic Republic of Congo President Felix Tshisekedi says his government is committed to working with Zambia to actualise the Kasomeno-Mwenda toll road and Luapula bridge project.
Mr. Tshisekedi says the project which is being promoted by GED Africa and Duna Aszfalt of Hungry will offer economic benefits to both countries.
The Head of State has since directed his government officials to collaborate with their Zambian counterparts to ensure that the groundbreaking ceremony for the project takes place within the next three months.
Mr. Tshisekedi was speaking when Luapula Province Minister Nickson Chilangwa, Housing and Infrastructure Development Minister Vincent Mwale and Zambia’s Ambassador to that country Friday Nyambe paid a courtesy call on him.
Mr. Tshisekedi , who was flanked by his Minister of Infrastructure and Public Works, has also implored officials from both countries to make every decision that will culminate into the groundbreaking ceremony.
He said the project cannot have more delays owing to its economic importance to the two countries.
And speaking shortly after meeting Mr. Tshisekedi , Mr. Chilangwa said his delegation was sent by President Edgar Lungu to pursue the expeditious implementation of the project.
Mr. Chilangwa, who was also accompanied by Luapula Province Permanent Secretary Charles Mushota, described the meeting with President Tshisekedi as successful.
He said the project has received a major boost to take off following the show of commitment by both President Lungu and President Tshisekedi.
He noted that President Lungu fully understands the economic value of the project that is why he sent Cabinet Ministers to engage with the Congolese authorities.
Mr. Chilangwa noted that the construction of Kasomeno-Mwenda toll road and Luapula Bridge will end the congestion woes at Kasumbalesa border post which will translate into economic and social benefits.
Meanwhile, Mr. Chilangwa has disclosed that during the meeting the Zambian delegation made a proposal for the establishment of the Luapula River Authority.