The National Council for Construction (NCC) has effective this year officially stopped the registration of foreign contractors to the level of grade 3.
NCC Executive Director Charles Mushota says the decision is aimed at enabling local contractors from lower grades to upgrade to grade 3.
Mr. Mushota says the deliberate decision to create a vacuum in this grade will see more jobs that were previously going to foreign contractors go to local contractors.
In an interview with Qfm News, Mr. Mushota has explained that this will mean that more money will now remain in the country besides automatically stipulating local contractors that are in grade 4 to enhance their capacity to qualify to be in grade 3.
He has also disclosed that the National Council for Construction will next year consider not allowing foreign contractors to remain in grade 3 to enable them enhance their capacity to go to the level of grade 2.
And Mr. Mushota has expressed optimism that in view of President Edgar Lungu’s indication to continue from where the late President Michael Sata has left, his council does not foresee any policy changes with respect to the construction sector.
Mr. Mushota says this is especially that there are already some programs that are on the drawing table which are meant to capacitate the small and medium local contractors.