Namibia’s transport system, suffering from poor planning and a lack of investments, will receive an overhaul to improve transport connections throughout the region.
The country’s transport sector is strategically placed to serve the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), with its transport networks linking more than six Southern African countries, including three land-locked countries. The SADC has identified several potential corridors in road and rail sectors to be developed. This could link Namibia and the entire region with growing transport hubs, such as Walvis Bay.
Namibia’s transport sector includes four key regional corridors and good capacity ports which are to be expanded. Due to the lack of integrated planning, which has held back the prioritisation of investments, the sector has suffered and now needs reinforcing.
The transport master plan focuses on Namibia’s infrastructure priorities, but all investments will have regional and international functions. The resulting transport and implementation plan will provide a strategic assessment of Namibia’s transport needs and planned solutions for the period through to 2040. It will define the sector’s priorities for a short term of 3 to 5 years and for a medium term of 5 to 15 years. It is therefore expected to identify priority regional investment projects and their possible packaging.
The EU-Africa Infrastructure Trust Fund (ITF) allocated a technical assistance grant of € 560 000 in April 2010, out of a grand total of € 208.9 million for grant operations approved for the 2007-10 period.