Association president Mutale Mpepo said the 20 per cent subcontracting policy had greatly benefited local contractors and an increase would help build the capacity of the local contractors.
Mpepo commended government for empowering the local contractors and the National Council for Construction (NCC) for educating the contractors.
He also called on government and citizens to have trust and confidence in the local contractors who had pledged to deliver good and quality works to the country.
Mpepo has said this during a press briefing in Lusaka.
“That notion of associating local contractors to shoddy works is not good, It is a thing of the past because NCC has trained the contractors and as an association we have pledged quality works and we will not tolerate shoddy works from any of our members,” he said.
He also said it was unfortunate that the Ministry of Higher and General Education owed contractors K500 million since 2014.
Mpepo said the money was owed to contractors for the construction of hostels at the University of Zambia (UNZA) and Copperbelt University (CBU), Kwame Nkrumah University and Mulungushi University where works were between 60 and 75 percent completion.
He said about US$250 million was required to complete the outstanding works in the education sector.