THE construction process of the new American Embassy which is estimated to pump N$11.5 million into the Namibian economy each month has officially commenced.
Speaking at the launch of the construction leg of the project, American Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson stated that the new Embassy is a tremendous investment and reflects the importance of the close partnership between the two countries.
The project will be constructed by American firm BL Herbert and has hired 200 Namibians already, with a total of 2000 Namibians to be hired in future in the different phases of construction of the project.
“Over the past decade, the United States and Namibia together have restored hope to those living with HIV/AIDS and are working to ensure the long-realized dream of an AIDS-free generation becomes a reality. Together we are setting global standards on humanitarian issues, such as protecting individuals from human trafficking. We are combatting poaching and wildlife trafficking to help preserve Namibia’s natural resources, and we have now opened a new trade connection,” Johnson summarised.
She further added that the US Embassy is also lending its full support and expertise to Namibia in defeating COVID-19 with over N$100 million donated to this effort.
Touching on the project, Johnson stated that the construction will be complete by 2023 and that the campus will include several buildings including the main chancery building.
“The New US embassy is American designed, inspired by the landscape and colours of Namibia. The building will be comprised of materials that evoke Namibia’s beautiful landscape, including red sandstone and light-coloured limestone.
The campus will make use of renewable energy with solar panels expected to power 50% of the energy needed for the chancery building.
Johnson further stated that another important part of the new embassy is that the doors will be open to the public where the Namibian public can learn more about America. In addition consular and visa services will also be availed to the public.