ZAMBIAN GOVT HAS INVESTED A BLN USD ON UPGRADINGAIRPORTS

LUSAKA, The Zambian government has invested close to 1.0 billion US dollars on upgrading airports across the country which will in turn increase the volume of traffic and passengers arriving and transiting the country, says Transport and Communications Ministry Permanent Secretary Misheck Lungu.

Lungu said this at the official opening of the 7th meeting of the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in civil Aviation (CAPSCA) Africa Project and the training of CAPSCA Technical Advisers in Livingstone, about 480 kilometres southwest of here, on Monday.

Lungu. who called for robust surveillance and aviation emergency plans to respond to public health events, said statistics indicated that the African continent was poised for growth in aviation, particularly in passenger traffic, which was estimated tp record an average growth of 6.4 per cent between 2013 and 2023.

He said the increase of passenger traffic both at national and continental levels would present a public health challenge in airports because of the threat of disease migration from disease-prone countries.

Lungu said there was therefore a need for the continent to strengthen collaborative efforts to manage and control public health events in civil aviation.

Zambia, he added, was recently removed from the European Union’s ban list, hence the need for the civil aviation authority and other key players to work tirelessly to ensure the industry continued to be compliant with international standards to grow the country’s aviation industry.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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