United NationsDepartment of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development


Mr. Chairman,
Distinguished Delegates
I wish first of all to congratulate you for being elected Chair of this meeting and
for the time accorded to me to contribute to this discussion. The Zambian
delegation wishes to associate itself with the statements made by the Yemen
representative on behalf of the G77 and China and the representative of the
Federal Government of Nigeria on behalf of Africa. Let me also commend the
Secretary General for the Reports that have been prepared for the meeting
which the delegation found useful.
The transport sector performs a key role as a catalyst to achieve socioeconomic
development. In this vein, Zambia in 2002 developed a transport
policy to provide general direction in the development of transport. The policy
targets the main modes of transport, that is, Road, Rail, Water and Air. Zambia
has also developed relevant legislation to harmonise the road traffic and safety
standards, in conformity with regional and international protocols.
The focus is to take an integrated planning approach for transport and spatial
development in key strategic areas to optimize economic activity and growth.
In this regard, various programs and activities to provide a safe, efficient,
integrated and environmentally friendly transport system which meets the needs
of users are being implemented.
Mr. Chairman,
Zambia is working with other countries in the region to simplify border crossing
and checkpoints for transportation. This is in view of, among other things, to
reduce the waiting time for transit formalities for exports and imports. In
particular, an ultra modern One Stop Border Post has been established at
Chirundu between Zambia and Zimbabwe that has facilitated the smooth and
efficient flow of goods.
Given our geographical location as a hinterland country, Zambia is working
with other neighbouring maritime states to develop cost-effective transit
corridors through the adoption and implementation of the Spatial Development
Initiative (SDI). SDI allows for economic integration and joint development of
efficient transport logistics. This concept is being extended to other borders that
Zambia shares with its neighbours.
Mr. Chairman
In line with sustainable development principles of conserving energy, Zambia is
exploring the use of alternative sources of energy for transportation. In this
regard, policy and standards for bio-fuels, with adequate safeguards have been
put in place.
Furthermore, the country has introduced a carbon tax as a measure to
contribute towards addressing the problem of climate change. In addition, the
country phased out the use of leaded fuel in March 2008. This demonstrates
Zambia?s commitment to minimise the impact of emissions on the environment.
Mr. Chairman,
I wish to state that the key challenge still remains the high cost of technology
and the availability of finance for infrastructure development. The Zambian
government has been working with the support of development partners to
develop its infrastructure. We therefore, appeal to the international community
to give special attention to infrastructure development needs of Landlocked
developing countries.
I thank you Mr. Chair.