Namibia as a member of the Southern African Development Community
is driving an agenda to create a transport hub linking member states.
The dream is being driven in the broader prospect of the SADC Transport masterplan.
The following is an overview by the Ministry of Works and Transport on
the best way forward to improve the transport sector and contribute to both regional
and local development.
In today’s world, transport has become a basic necessity for sustainable social and economic development. Without transport the freedoms of movement and to practice and trade, profession or business as enshrined in Article 21(1) of the Namibian Constitution can essentially not materialise. The 2017/18-2021/22 Strategic Plan for the Ministry comes at a time when the country is experiencing a slowdown in economic attainment on account of crippling cash flow constraints triggered mainly by external market forces.
0The Plan reflects the Ministry’s resolve to plat its catalytic role towards the attainment of Namibia’s grand vision of being industrialized and prosperous by 2030 despite the current credit crunch.
Given the country’s contemporary challenges, the Ministry is fully cognisant and mindful of the need to do more with less and the need for efficiency and effectiveness in all its engagements. To this end, the Ministry undertakes to ensure that the efficiency of the transport function follow a design logic that is based on a clear understanding of the service demand and expectations placed on the system by the country’s current and future needs.
Thus the Ministry will meaningfully play its part in pushing back the frontiers of poverty by working for the provision of safe, reliable, accessible, affordable and sustainable transport system for the majority, if not all, of our people.
At the same time, the Ministry also undertakes to ensure proper management of state assets entrusted to its care by government.
Under the currency of its strategic Plan, mechanisms will be put in place to improve the maintenance and reduce vandalism of both movable and immovable state properties under the care of the Ministry of Works and Transport.
Guided by the aspirations of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Vision 2030, African Union Action Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, Harambee Prosperity Plan and SWAPO Part Manifesto, the Ministry is determined as ever before, to facilitate and build a conducive environment that will enable Namibia to play her rightful role in facilitating trade and integration both at regional and continental levels. In carrying out its mandates, the ministry will endeavour to harness beneficial stakeholder partnerships in which the private sector will play a meaningful role.
It is my hope that all stakeholders will render the ministry the required support to enable the realisation of the goals as outlined in this Strategic Plan.