Namibia’s bid to become a logistics hub is well on track, following recent industry developments that include road, rail, and sea link upgrades, according to the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).
Several industry projects are at varying stages of progression, said the group, which is the implementing agency of the country’s Logistics Master Plan.
“The recent major infrastructure developments give credence to the potential of Namibia to enhance regional trade and contribute toward the Africa Free Trade Agreement implementation,” WBCG Acting CEO Clive Smith was quoted as saying in a statement issued on Thursday.
The recently commissioned Chinese-built container terminal now offers increased capacity and enhanced efficiency for cargo throughput, he said.
Priority projects related to road infrastructure are also gaining momentum, Smith said.
“The road link between Walvis Bay and Botswana is being upgraded with current construction carried out on the Windhoek-Okahandja dual carriage highway, as well as the work on the Western Bypass link to the Hosea Kutako airport road,” he said.
According to the group, five other road upgrades have been planned on the Walvis Bay corridors, which are seen as crucial links to neighboring countries.
Meanwhile, the group said, maintenance on the railway network has started with various upgrades in the country.
“The government plans to further extend the railway network that will link to the neighboring countries of Botswana and Zambia in the foreseeable future,” Smith said.
According to the Namibia State of Logistics Report for 2018, which was launched earlier this year, the logistics industry has the potential to contribute 4.6 percent to Namibia’s gross domestic product (GDP). Enditem