Zambia is a landlocked country in Central Africa surrounded by eight neighbouring countries namely Angola, Botswana, Congo DR, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia and Zimbabwe. It has an area of 753,000sq. km and a population of about 9.8 million.
The road network play a critical role in the development of the country and the region as a whole in view of the landlocked nature.
Area: 753,000 sq Km
Gazetted Road Network: 37,000 Km
Ungazetted Road Network: 30,000 Km
Core Road Network: 40,113 Km
Estimated Cost of Periodic Maintenance per year for the Core Road Network: US$112 per year for 10 years
ROADSIP II total investment in road sector : US$1.6 billion
Funding Sources – GRZ, Road Fund, BADEA, DANIDA, EU, IDA, IDA/ADSP, KfW, NDF and ADB
Total AWP 2009 : K1.36 trillion
Sustainable Maintenance is the cornerstone and the driving force of road sector reforms. Zambia is committed to inculcate a road maintenance culture to promote and facilitate accelerated development in the country through road sector management.
POLICY GUIDELINES ON ROAD FUND
- Road Fund shall be disbursed on the recommendation of the National Road Fund Agency, and approved by the Committee of Ministers on Road Maintenance Initiative.
- Road Fund shall be disbursed for road maintenance only and not for road rehabilitation, road reconstruction or new road construction.
- Road Fund shall be disbursed for a programme of road maintenance undertaken with the approval of the National Road
Fund Agency/the Committee of Ministers on Road Maintenance Initiative.
- Road Fund shall not be disbursed for procurement of Capital Expenditure items, as these should be done through the Budget allocation.
- Road Fund shall not be disbursed to meet travelling and subsistence allowances or pay for Hotel bills and meet any administrative/overhead expenditure.
- Road Fund shall not be paid to meet outstanding debts as these were budgeted for and were not undertaken on the initiative and approval of the National Road
Fund Agency/the Committee of Ministers.
- Road Fund shall not be disbursed to pay for counterpart funding as it should be budgeted and hence paid from budget allocation.
- Road Fund shall be disbursed for road maintenance in the following proportions:
20% for Urban Roads
40% for Feeder Roads
40% for Trunk and Main Roads
Road Fund loaned to Ministries to meet budgeted road works should be reimbursed before further loans could be considered.
- No person shall direct payment to be made from Road Fund without the approval of the National Road Fund Agency and Committee of Ministers on Road Maintenance Initiative.