NAIROBI, April 4, 2023
The Zambian Minister for Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development Charles Milupi is in Kenya leading a delegation to benchmark on Kenya’s Public Private Partnership models.
The Zambian delegation today met Lands, Public Works, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary Zachariah Njeru and the Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Charles Hinga at Ardhi House.
During their visit to Ardhi House, the Zambian Minister and his team were briefed on how the PPP model is being used to implement the Affordable Housing Programme.
The CS and the PS assured the Zambian delegation that they will share with them all the best practices learnt from affordable housing project through which the Government aims to build 200,000 houses annually.
CS Njeru said the Public Private Partnership model is working well in Kenya in many projects adding that it is the right way to go for many African nations.
The CS said there was a need for Kenya and Zambia to explore more opportunities to increase trade.
“We do not need to think outside the continent, we can work together in so many ways and grow together,” Njeru told the Zambian delegation adding that both countries have immense resources that they can export to each other including raw materials for construction.
The Minister promised to visit Kenya again expressing his joy that he had learnt a lot from the Kenyan affordable housing experience.
“We are going to focus on Housing and engage the Public Private Partnership even more because in Zambia we have a shortage of 1.5 million units and by 2030, it is predicted that the shortage shall raise to 3.3 million units,” said Mr Milupi.
Milupi also commended Kenya for ensuring that its economy remained one of the largest in Sub Saharan Africa especially through the heavy investment in infrastructure.
The Zambian Minister was accompanied by officials from the the Zambia High Commission to Nairobi including Joyce Kapampa Kasosa (High Commissioner), Caroline Muzongwe (First Secretary Political), Natalie Omokhodion (First Secretary Economic and Trade) and Noel Nkhoma (member Public Private Partnership Council).
The 2 days visit to Kenya by the delegation aims at building competence for the effective undertaking of PPP projects.