vp mujuru joice.jpgThe Vice President, Cde Joice Mujuru, says the government is reviewing the regulatory framework governing rail transport with a view to establishing a regulatory authority for the subsector.

In a speech read on her behalf by the Mayor of Victoria Falls, Councillor Nkosilathi Jiyane, at the Infrastructure Development Forum and Awards Ceremony in Victoria Falls, Cde Mujuru said the railway subsector performance has declined over the past decades due to capacity constraints and lack of funding.

She highlighted that the rail transport system will soon be opened for strategic partnerships in rail construction, while rail services will be opened to the private sector, adding that government is currently working on a road network expansion which is facing shortage of funds to speed up the project.

“Further, government adopted the Public Private Partnership (PPP). Such partnerships have brought a revolution to infrastructure development.

“Concepts such as Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT), Build, Own and Operate (BOO) as well as Rehabilitate, Operate and Transfer (ROT) are now common in Zimbabwe. The introduction of toll fees in 2009 is facilitating mobilisation of financial resources for rehabilitation and maintenance of the road network,” she said.

Cde Mujuru re-affirmed government`s commitment to the development of telecommunications sector, whose limitations are a major source of frustration to potential investors and hence the need for concerted efforts in recapitalising the sector.

Among the organisations who received awards for their contribution towards the development and maintenance of infrastructure were the Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe and African Sun for the best Tourism Infrastructure, Joina City for the best Building in Zimbabwe and Indigenous Development Bank of Zimbabwe for Best Infrastructure bank.

The two-day conference focused on various issues including water supply, and was running under the theme, “Infrastructure development Towards Global Competiveness.”