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Zambia bets on Kazungula Bridge to boost trade activities

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Zambia hopes that the Kazungula Bridge that seeks to connect the country and Botswana will revitalize trade activities and help spur economic growth.

President Edgar Lungu believes that the bridge which is currently under construction is an important economic infrastructure which will enhance trade between Zambia and Botswana and the entire region through increased trade activities.

The 932-metre long infrastructure over the Zambezi River is about 78 percent complete.

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The bridge will also help enhance the economic activities and prospects of other land-locked countries such as Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique and Democratic Republic of Congo.

It will also facilitate trade through reduced transit time for freight and passengers, reduced time-based trade and transport cost as well as improved border management operations arising from the one border facility.

The Kazungula bridge project comprises the construction of road/rail bridge with a span of 923 meters over the river Zambezi; border facilities in each country and approximately 10 km of bridge approach and access roads.

Work on the project started in 2015 and completion is slated for 2019.

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