$196.43 Million: Ratified by the AfDB as a Loan for the Implementation of Namibia’s 2nd Phase of its Transport Infrastructure Improvement Project
By Abdul Rahman Bangura–
NEW AFRICA DAILY NEWS (NADN) Freetown, Sierra Leone– The AfDB let out in a declaration that the loan describes 51.8% of the project’s aggregate cost, while the Namibian government, the Namibian Administration will provide the 48.2%.
The project incorporates constructing 207 km of new rail track near the existing line between Kranzberg and Otjiwarongo, utilizing concrete railway sleepers and new rails statement revealed. It let out the works comprise the construction of 16 bridges, the renovation of two stations, and procuring 55,000 rails to build 518 km of track.
“Other components include modernizing the railway signaling system along the Walvis Bay-Tsumeb line to improve its reliability, safety, and capacity, as well as the overall performance of the railway system.’’
AfDB’s Director General for Southern Africa Leila Mokaddem stated that the project would help to the transformation for the competitiveness of Namibia. Mokaddem spoke that the project would likewise assist in attaining the Vision of the nation evolutionary logistics hub by 2030 while catalyzing development change in neighboring nations and the sub-region.
“This project will also connect Namibia to Africa’s Conation’selt, and achieve regional railway connectivity,” she added.
Being once funded the expansion of the container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay, the AfDB supports integrating Namibia regionally by building critical port and rail infrastructure to bridge the nation to the rest of the region, move goods, support value chains, and promote trade.
For New Africa Daily News Abdul Rahman Bangura Reports, Africa Correspondent