AVIC attitude on subcontracts disturbs Mwale

INFRASTRUCTURE minister Vincent Mwale says he is disturbed by AVIC International’s reluctance to adhere to the 20 per cent subcontracting policy.

Mwale said the 20 per cent subcontracting policy is a component aimed at empowering the local contractors.

He said he had received some disturbing reports on the way AVIC was conducting its business.

Mwale said this when he toured the construction site for the new Copperbelt International Airport in Ndola accompanied by provincial permanent secretary Bright Nundwe and other government officials.

He said for the government and contractors to be good friends, there was need for mutual respect as well as a respect for the laws of the land.

Mwale said it was only through respect that the business relationship between the government and foreign contractors would thrive.
He noted that respect for the law was very important in any country, even in China where AVIC comes from.

“I am very disturbed with the report that we are not honouring the 20 per cent subcontract component for Zambian contractors, this appears to be very much of a problem with AVIC,” Mwale said.

He said a number of contractors had visited his office and complained on how they were not being handled well by AVIC, the main contractor.

Mwale said he might consider an investigation together with National Council for Construction (NCC) to ascertain the happenings on the ground.

But AVIC senior consultant Lei Ying Qi refuted the claims of giving subcontractors to work on power stations and pavers only.

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