Chikwanda is PPP council chair

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has appointed Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda as the chairperson for the Public Private Partnership (PPP) Council.

He has made the appointment in line with Section 8(a) of the Public Private Partnership Act No.14 of 2009 which designates the office of the Minister of Finance as Chairperson of the Council.

President Lungu has since advised Mr Chikwanda and his team to work expeditiously in the completion of some outstanding PPP projects with focus on existing infrastructure projects to reduce Government expenditure.

This is according to a statement released by Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda yesterday.

Mr Chikwada will be assisted by Malole Member of Parliament and Minister of Works and Supply Yamfwa Mukanga as vice-chairperson of the council.

“The President expects the council to work expeditiously to implement all outstanding PPP projects and not embark on new ones as part of the Government Strategy to reduce expenditure on infrastructure development whilst strengthening private sector participation.

“During the official opening of the fifth session of the eleventh National Assembly, the President directed that an autonomous body be created to professionally deal with Public Private Partnership matters and that State House, in liaison with Cabinet Office and relevant stakeholders, must spearhead the formation of this body which will eventually be transferred to Cabinet Office,” Mr Chanda said.

He explained that those appointed included Local Government and Housing Minister Stephen Kampyongo and Energy and Water Development Minister, Dora Siliya.

Others are Mr Samuel Mukupa who is chairperson for the Road Development Agency (RDA), Moses Zama, former Energy Regulatory Board chief executive officer as well as Fungai Musana, and Salvatore Hara, quality surveyor and investment advisor and structural engineer respectively.

The President stated that it was not right that well-intended policies for PPP should be on statute books for years without any tangible project seeing the light of day.

The President has since directed Mr. Chikwanda to ensure PPP became operational and effective in its mandate.