WINDHOEK, 12 APR – Namibia’s N.dollars 1.3 billion Accelerated School Infrastructure Development Programme is expected to commence in the second quarter of the year, President Hage Geingob said on Wednesday.
In his fourth State of the Nation Address in the capital, Geingob said the project would also create employment opportunities for the youth.
He added that Government, despite an ailing economy, sustained investments in the expansion of infrastructure in energy, water supply, transportation as well as information and communication technology.
Geingob said a renewable energy programme had attracted 14 independent power producers and added 45 megawatts of electricity to the national grid since 2016. An additional 25 megawatts were expected in 2018.
“We cannot become a globally competitive nation, as articulated in Vision 2030, if our diplomacy fails to expand trading opportunities and struggle to attract critical investments in infrastructure, science and technology, agriculture, tourism and other areas critical to our development,” he told parliament.
Namibia aims to position itself as a logistics hub and Geingob said a world-class transport infrastructure network would play an integral role in realising this ambition.
“To this end, completion of the deepening and expansion of the Port of Walvis Bay is on track for completion and commissioning in 2019,” he said.