By Wellington Makonese
AN Egyptian delegation is in Zimbabwe for validation of the new city master plan, with the two nations set to further cement bilateral relations and expand areas of engagement.
Having drawn lessons from Egypt’s Smart City Concept which brought about the administrative New Cairo City, Zimbabwe hosted an Egyptian delegation for validation of the New City Master Plan and site assessment.
Experts from the two nations, who have partnered for the project, noted that Zimbabwe has a lot to gain from the Egyptian experience which has seen the North African country exporting its expertise across the globe.
“We now have experience to construct mega projects like towers and we have been doing this across Africa and we are hoping to share this with Zimbabwean government,” said Head of New Administration Capital Projects, Sheriff Al Sherbeny.
“Their implementation model is hybrid, with government providing land, private sector with investment. That model has brought success, so now they are here to help,” noted Hilary Mukaratirwa, head consultant of Universities Consortium.
Earlier, the Egyptian Ambassador to Zimbabwe, His Excellency Mahmoud Amer together with the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works, Mr Zvinechimwe Churu had a meeting where they described the new-found partnership as a stepping stone to the attainment of development goals.
Egypt has a new administrative capital in the New Cairo City which coordinates government departments in a smart city format that has hybrid transportation systems.
Last week, President Emmerson Mnangagwa led the ground-breaking ceremony of the Cyber City to be constructed in Mt Hampden, which will complement the Mega Parliament building as part of the Second Republic’s massive infrastructure development project.