FOR the past week, close to one hundred job seekers lined up every morning eager to give in their curriculum vitaes for the construction of the new American Embassy in Klein Windhoek.
It is estimated that the construction of the new embassy will create over 2,000 job opportunity, which was welcome news during a time when retrenchments are the order of the day due to the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.
The total economic benefit for the local Namibian economy is estimated to be over N$300 million (over US$17 million) during the next three years.
Jacques Du Toit, American Embassy spokesperson, stated that the United States is making a new commitment to the relationship between Namibia and America.
“We are building a modern, state-of-the-art U.S. Embassy that will be a platform for our partnership with Namibians on everything from health to economic growth to our shared belief in democratic principles,” Du Toit stated.
The projected move-in date for the project is 2023 and consular services, which include support for U.S. citizens and visa applications for Namibians, will be offered at the main chancery building.
“Over the course of the three years of build phases, BL Harbert plans to hire over 2,000 Namibian tradesmen. In the coming months, BL Harbert will be ramping up their work force with over 50 workers constructing their temporary support structures. Through the construction phase, dozens of Namibian companies will supply many materials and services needed to build a state-of-the art facility of this complexity,” Du Toit stated.
The U.S. Embassy is American-designed, inspired by Namibia’s landscape and colours, will be built by Americans and Namibians together, the embassy said.
BL Harbert is an American construction company that is under contract to construct the entire new campus.
During the last decade, they have built over 30 new embassies worldwide.