Zambia has selected China Jiangsu International Economic and Technical Corporation Group to construct a state-of-the art multi-facility international conference which will host the African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit in 2022, a government official said on Tuesday.
The China-aided international conference center will be constructed in readiness of Zambia’s hosting of the AU summit.
Charles Mushota, Ministry of Housing and Infrastructure Permanent Secretary, said the contractor was expected to move on site in January 2020 to start construction works.
“We as a ministry are excited that the contractor has been engaged and will move on site soon. Our engineers are already working round the clock to make sure that all the required logistics are in place. This international conference will be one of the biggest in the country,” he said.
The government, he said, appreciates the gesture by the Chinese government in providing resources for the project and added that the government will ensure that there was technology and skills transfer between Chinese and Zambian personnel during the construction period.
The conference center is expected to be completed by February 2022.
It will include a 2,500-seat conference hall, one 600-seat medium press center, emergency medical center, service area, auxiliary facilities such as parking space.