Trans-Kalahari Corridor continues to eliminate trade barriers

WINDHOEK: Works and Transport Minister Erkki Nghimtina has applauded the Trans-Kalahari Corridor (TKC) for its continuous contribution towards the elimination of trade barriers and harmonisation of transport and customs procedures at border posts.

Speaking at a TKC information session hosted by the Trans-Kalahari Corridor secretariat in Windhoek on Tuesday, Nghimtina said the corridor continues to accelerate regional economic development and integration between the three member states – Namibia, Botswana and South Africa.

“Emphasis must be put on the transport sector as a key engine that stimulates economic growth and promotes national as well as regional integration; hence the importance of developing our corridors which will culminate in intensified economic activities along the corridors and a distinct reduction in time and cost,” he said.

Nghimtina stressed that the role of the TKC as a strategic asset for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa has been clearly demonstrated as Angola and Zimbabwe are utilising this corridor as an alternative trade route for their economies.

He said Namibia will continue to invest in infrastructure in order to drive economic development through trade and transport corridors, and benefit the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region at large.

The minister said the TKC secretariat will provide an ideal opportunity to add economic value to countries like Angola, Botswana, and Zimbabwe not only through transport, but also through the development of spatial development initiatives.

He said the concept of spatial development initiatives takes transport corridors into a new dimension, where transport infrastructure could be utilised to support other sectors, which will in turn improve socio-economic development.

“I urge all my fellow SADC colleagues to work together to create opportunities within the transport infrastructure in our respective countries and work towards regional integration, prosperity of our region and the African continent at large,” Nghimtina said.