German government spent over R2 billion on Nam’s transport sector

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Timo Shihepo

Windhoek - The German government has spent over R2 billion on transport related projects in Namibia since the country attained its independence in 1990.

This was said by German Counselor for Development Cooperation, Gerlinde Sauer, during the official presentation of the Master Plan for the Northern Region in Ondangwa, northern Namibia, last week.

Sauer said that Namibia is a fast-developing country with great economic potential which depends on a functioning transport system. But he warned that transport is also a basic demand for everyone to enable the people of this country to have access to work, social facilities, medical care and participate in society.

Sauer said the Namibian-German transport project, “Transport, Mobility, Logistics”, implemented by GIZ, supports the Ministry of Works and Transport and its affiliated agencies since 2004.

“This cooperation enabled the development of key strategic sector plans, improved management and performance of the transport sector,” she said.

She added that Germany facilitated the development of the new Namibian Transport Policy, the sustainable Master Plans for Urban Transport for Windhoek as well as for the northern regions.

This, Sauer said, illustrates their joint understanding that a sustainable transport system is of great interest for Namibia’s northern part.

“A region that is considered to be Namibia’s most densely populated area, apart from Windhoek, and has an enormous potential for social and economic development.  An increasing number of inhabitants are moving to the major towns of Oshakati, Ongwediva, and Ondangwa. That leads to a corresponding development of medical facilities, schools, shopping malls, and future recreation facilities and developing these regions into a vibrant, economically important and livable part of the country,” she said.

Over the past two and a half years, the Ministry of Works and Transport developed, with technical support of the German Development Cooperation, a master plan for sustainable transport for the four central northern regions Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto.

The master plan corresponds with the overarching development plans such as Vision 2030 and National Development Plan and was developed in a comprehensive and integrated process.

“Building strongly on the knowledge, experience and perspective of the people of these four regions, we believe improved transport can contribute many sustainable development goals by creating new jobs in public transport and ease access to work places, schools and other services for poor people that currently cannot afford transport. Many transport-related measures, referred to in the master plan, are an important factor when it comes to economic growth and the fight against poverty,” said Sauer.

Sauer was of the opinion that improved mobility in the four regions had not only an impact on the four regions, but also on the achievement of Agenda 2030 and in this context, the future development of the planet.

“We believe that the northern regions take ownership of all projects, smartly involving the German cooperation into their processes,” she said 

 

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