Zambia's Ambassador to the Benelux countries and the European Union (EU) Grace Kabwe has said Zambia's road construction industry is poised for major development.
Ms Kabwe said this was because of Government's commitment to develop the sector and the corresponding enthusiasm from Zambian contractors particularly small and medium enterprises.
Ms Kabwe said the Link Zambia 8000 Road project that Government launched last year presented an opportunity for Zambia's economic development.
Ms Kabwe was speaking in Gorinchem Netherlands yesterday when she officially opened a Trade Mission for Zambian and Dutch contractors.
This is according to a press statement issued by Road Development Agency (RDA) Senior public relations manager Loyce Saili in Gorinchem, Netherlands.
Ms Kabwe said the Trade Mission was a good platform for the small and medium scale contractors as it offered an opportunity for exposure and training that would add to their expertise.
She said the lack of capacity in finance, equipment and expertise were some of the challenges that had continued to inhibit small and medium-scale contractors in Zambia.
She urged the 20 Zambian contractors attending the event to focus on aspects of the Trade Mission that would create long lasting partnerships with Dutch firms.
"This trade mission presents a good opportunity for Zambian and Dutch companies to steer long lasting relationships. I hope that this Trade Mission is the start of something big for our road construction sector," she said.
She said the Zambian Mission based in Brussels would continue to facilitate any follow up meetings for Zambian firms interested in cementing ties with the Dutch in the construction sector.
Forty-five Dutch companies mostly in the construction industry and equipment supply attended the match making sessions with the Zambian contractors.
The match making sessions are one to one business interactions between Zambian and Dutch firms.