On 19 March 2012 in Lusaka, Zambian Finance and National Planning Minister, Alexander Chikwanda, and the Chair of the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Task Force, Secretary General Sindiso Ngwenya, signed two grant agreements committing funds from the Tripartite Trust Account.
A US$23.205 million grant will help to complete construction of 24 kilometers of the Lusaka-Chirundu Road, stretching from the bottom of the escarpment to the Chirundu One-Stop-Border-Post. This is the last of the four-linked Lusaka-Chirundu Road to be financed. The other three road links have been financed by the Chinese government and the World Bank. US$6.64 million will also be invested in a new weigh bridge at Kafue to improve trade facilitation along the NSC.
Speaking at the signing ceremony in Lusaka, Mr Sindiso Ngwenya said that this was a momentous occasion for the Tripartite Trust Account as the grant to Zambia would be the first funds committed from the Account and which was ready for disbursement to a government. The COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite created the multi-donor trust account in December 2009 and it has been supported primarily by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) up till now.
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