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The government of Zimbabwe through the ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has announced that it has received bids for 12 out of the 15 road PPP projects which were tendered last year.
Dr Obert Mpofu, the Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister, stated:
"My ministry is excited about the response that we received on this project and I believe it is a sign of confidence that both domestic and international investors have on the investment climate in zimbabwe."
For the 15 projects, three roads did not get bidders. These are:
The Harare-Chirundu highway received 12 bids while eight investors expressed interest in the Harare-Nyamapanda highway. Other roads that received significant response were the Harare-Bindura highway and Harare Drive which court five and three bidders respectively.
Bulawayo-Beitbridge and Kwekwe-Nkayi-Lupane roads received two bidders apiece while single bidders expressed interest in the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls and Mberengwa-West Nicholson roads. While Bulawayo-Nkayi, Bulawayo-Tsholotsho and Buchwa-Rutenga-Boli-Sango also received single bids.
The ministry of Transport has set up an inter-ministerial team to assess bids for the construction of roads under PPP. The inter - ministerial team will include Transport and Infrastructure Development, Finance and Economic Development, Local Government and Public Works as well as the Attorney-General's office.