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Trans Kalahari Corridor expands projects

Trans Kalahari Corridor expands projects

Zorena Jantze
THE continuous infrastructural development of Namibian roads has boasted the logistics sector significantly, with the sector growing by 14.5% (10.4% to 22.2%) during 2007-2017.
Wholesale trade and retail, as well as road freight, contributed the highest to GDP in logistics related sectors.

Pictured: The Minister of Transport, John Mutorwa. – Photo: Zorena Jantze

Wholesale trade and retail trade accounted N$13.7 billion, followed by road freight, which accounted for or N$1.96 billion.
During an information session today themed, “Trans Kalahari Corridor (TKC) shaping regional and international economic growth”, the TKC Secretariat shared updates on the infrastructural development of the TKC and the current status of the logistics sector of Namibia.
Speaking at the event, Minister of Works and Transport, John Motorwa, stated that the 1900km long TKC highway that spans across territories of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa is a strategic route of choice that provides linkages between the African continent, the Americas and the European market.
Also speaking at the event and giving an overview on the infrastructural development along the TKC, the CEO of the Road Authority (RA), Conrad Lutombi, noted that current projects currently under development include: The Windhoek-Okahandja freeway, expected to be completed by 2022/23 provided that the project kicks off for this Financial Year and the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA) freeway, which is noted to be in its final tender phase with a loan accrued from China.
In addition, Lutombi announced new projects such as the Karibib – Usakos highway, which is still in need of funding. The other project is the Swakopmund – Walvis Bay freeway behind the dunes which is expected to be finalised by 2022.

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