This Project involves the reconfiguration, restructuring and rehabilitation of a 360km road with five bridges running through Zambia to the border with Malawi. The road is also part of the regional Nacala corridor, a regional transport corridor linking Malawi and Zambia to the deepwater port of Nacala in Mozambique. The project is co-financed between the EC, AfDB, EIB and AFD.
The EU/AFD/EIB funded works all commenced in September 2013 and are expected to be finalised by end September 2016.
The EU-AITF TA Grant is being used to finance consultancy services to ensure that the works on the sections of the road to be co-financed by the European Investment Bank and the European Development Fund are managed following the expected quality standards; and to improve the promoter's quality control systems across all its operations, an activity that will complement ADB supported TA on the promoter's planning and asset management systems. For this purpose, EIB signed a service contract with Luxconsult SA in July 2011 for a duration of 42 months. The contract has subsequently been extended to October 2017 primarily to enable the team leader's continued presence in Zambia during completion of works and hand over.