New US compound in Namibia

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Benahzir Majiedt

Windhoek – The building of a new United States Embassy campus in Windhoek is pumping more than N$11,5 million (over US$770 000) into the economy each month and is providing relief to a struggling construction sector.

At the ground-breaking ceremony for the project last Thursday, US Ambassador to Namibia Lisa Johnson said the compound would take three years to complete at a cost of more than N$300 million (approximately US$20 million).

However, American firm BL Harbert is the main contractor.

“BL Harbert has hired over 200 Namibians who now are part of the team building the embassy. During the three years construction they will hire more than 2,000 Namibians to help build the embassy during different phases. They are also procuring materials, goods and services from Namibian companies,” said Johnson.

Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Jenelly Matundu said the project added value to the strong constructive relations between the two countries over the last 30 years.

“We are looking forward to new opportunities for intensifying relations with the United States of America, on the understand that this embassy will serve as a cornerstone for new important projects, aimed at supporting our developmental objectives.”

 

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