I would like to say from the outset that it is evident that very few local road contractors are today benefiting from the 20 per cent of major roads contracts that are awarded to foreign contracting firms.
Therefore, in the government's continued effort to boost the capacity of local road contractors, I am of the view that it come up with a policy that will enable two or more local contractors to come together and bid for a single major road project.
In that way, I think local contractors can begin to adequately benefit from major road projects such as the Link Zambia 8000 project.
Considering the quality of works that are being exhibited and the machinery that some of local contractors have acquired, I have no doubt that if two or more contractors come together, they can successfuly work on a major road project and later share the profits accrued.
Let us continue devising ways in which we can help local contractors to build their capacities.
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