Private sector participation in the Zambian mapping industry

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Kapansa, Bwalya
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The University of Zambia
The Revised Sixth National Development Plan states that there will be an increase in urbanisation and infrastructure development. This process has an impact on the environment and economy therefore proper land use planning is critical to sustaining the economic developments. However, most of the cities in Zambia have remained unplanned and updated topographic maps are lacking. This study therefore investigated the participation of private sector in the mapping sector in Zambia. From the literature reviewed it was shown that updated maps play an important role in making informed decisions affecting urbanisation and sustainability. Therefore, in this stud data was collected using a self-administered questionnaire distributed to registered land surveyors and semi-structured interviews with officials from the Ministry of Lands, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection. Using descriptive statistics, it was established that the private sector’s participation in Zambia was inadequate and did not contribute to all the areas of updating maps. This suggested that the mapping industry was not performing as expected and could not provide the needed updated topomaps. Using these results this study proposed that government should review how it had engaged the private sector in mapping. Lastly, this study raised awareness on the existing paradigm of the private sector that should help all the stakeholders enhance the performance of this part of the economy.