The Zambia Association of youth Contractors and Suppliers (ZAYCS) has commended Government through the Road development agency RDA for allocating 30% worth of contracts to women for the routine maintenance of trunk main and district roads in Northern Province.
According to the tender by RDA, the invitation is open to selected firms that are registered in Zambia as road contractors with the National Council for Construction NCC in category R, grade 5 or 6 with an emphasis that 30 % has been reserved for women contractors.
ZAYCS mobilization secretary Audrey Mwansa has since described the move as historical for the empowerment of women through the 30 % contractual engagements allocated to them.
“Today, history has been created in this sector because this will undoubtedly increase opportunities for women. This is a huge achievement because an empowered woman is an empowered nation” Ms Mwansa observed.
Ms Mwansa is further elated that as youth Contractors and Suppliers such a trajectory route taken, that offers inclusiveness through incorporation of all stakeholders in the country’s developmental agenda is being prioritized by President Edgar Lungu.
She further notes that this precedence demonstrated therefore offers so much confidence for youths Contractors and suppliers and that possible avenues should be taken to quickly ascertain modalities that may be considered to effectively work for creation of an allocated portion specifically to the youths.
“Zambia’s population comprise of the youths as the majority and therefore making the Youths instrumental in Economic Governance decisions at all levels should be encouraged and commended. We urge Government to also seriously consider giving 30% worth of RDA Contracts to the youths as a way of partnership of development and empowerment” Ms Mwansa recommended.
In appreciating the 20% local contracting policy that runs independently Ms Mwansa said as an Association they have been advocating and lobbying for a 5% that could be allocated to youths as this will open up more opportunities also and gauge the Youth participation and contribution.
She expressed hope that RDA has put up transparent measures and task force in place to monitor the whole 30% smoothly so that citizens can appreciate government’s efforts through performance contracts.