The role of transport and logistics has
become increasingly important for the governments of South Africa, Botswana and
Namibia. In working together, they aim to boost regional trade by improving the
efficiency of the Trans-Kalahari
Corridor network, which includes the Walvis Bay corridor in Namibia.
Botswana invested more than a year ago in the construction of a Dry Port in
Walvis Bay that became operational in July, unlocking potential in the global
port comprises an area of 36,200 square meters and is located at the
south-eastern side of Namport, next to TransNamib’s locomotive maintenance
depot. The dry port is the staging area of all cargo flows between Botswana’s
import and export markets via Walvis Bay.
The project will increase the cargo volumes
that are carried on the corridors and promote trade relations within the
Southern African Development Community. It will also open new opportunities for
land-locked Botswana to handle their cargo through Namport.
The operations of the port will complement
the construction of the 1500 km Trans-Kalahari
Railway that is in the pipeline. The proposed railway
line would traverse the vast semi-arid, sandy savannah of the Kalahari
desert from Botswana to Namibia, with the sole benefit of connecting Botswana
to Namibia’s port of Walvis Bay, thus unlocking the value of coal mining in
Botswana and power generation in the region.
There is an enormous demand for coal from
Europe because of the high grade and this railway line would open up new
opportunities for export to both Europe and Asia. The railway
will also expand freight capacity on congested transport corridors within the
Southern African Development Community (SADC) and provide greater access to
global markets for other landlocked countries in the region like Malawi, Zambia
The development of transport infrastructure
like roads, railways and port facilities is considered crucial for further
growth especially in Southern Africa. Current project like these are important
to ensure a sustainable future in the freight and shipping industries and to
generate important growth in the job market.
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