Review contracts, ZIA urge govt

 Review contracts, ZIA urge govt

By MAIMBO MWEEMBA
The Zambia Institute of Architects has called on the UPND alliance administration to review the public private partnership procurement models and the systematic scrutiny of some government-to-government bilateral construction projects that secluded participation of the local consultants.

ZIA President Bwalya Masabo also called on Government to ensure prudence in the procurement of works and services in the sector by engaging professional bodies like ZIA.

Mr Masabo said this will enable the country to build capacity among the local consultants through the transfer of skills and guarantee the right value of public money invested on the projects.

“The institute is ready to offer sound guidance on matters of national development to the Government so that the can effectively contribute to the construction industry, Government’s drive for economic growth coupled with local private investment will inevitably result in an increase in demand for property development,” he said.

Mr Masabo said this in a congratulatory message to President Hakainde Hichlema on his election and inauguration.