Namibia: Botswana No Longer Landlocked

source: allAfrica
The Namibian (Windhoek)
Adam Hartman
15 September 2009

“AS of today, Botswana is no longer landlocked,” the CEO of the Namibian Port Authority (Namport), Bisey Uirab, said after he and Botswana High Commissioner, Norman Molebege, signed a lease agreement for a Botswana dry port in Walvis Bay on Friday.

The 36 000m’ land adjacent to the south end of Walvis Bay’s harbour and railway station will allow Botswana to have a direct link via the Trans-Kalahari corridor to a harbour.

At its new dry port, Namibia’s eastern neighbour can now collect, store and distribute cargo. According to Uirab, about 5 000 tonnes of cargo were imported and exported for Botswana, via Walvis Bay’s harbour, last year.

Until now Botswana had to make use of South African ports, which was costly, both financially and time wise, according to Botswana Permanent Secretary for Works and Transport Carter Morupisi.

Most of Botswana’s import and export trade is with Europe. “Walvis Bay is strategically the [continue reading]

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