NAMIBIA STUDYING FEASIBILITY OF SUPPLYING WATER TO CENTRAL PARTS OF COUNTRY

WINDHOEK, Feb 14 –– The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) has launched a pre-feasibility scoping exercise on supplying water to the central areas of Namibia and the Cuvelai’ basin in northern Namibia bordering Angola.

The exercise, which is being conducted in partnership with the City of Windhoek and the Namibia Water Corporation (Namwater), is aimed at investigating all alternative water resources which could be developed to secure long-term and affordable water solutions for the central areas of Namibia, including parts of Otjozondjupa and Omaheke Regions (provinces), and the Cuvelei area (stretching across the Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana and Oshikoto Regions) up to 2050.

Speaking at the launch of the exercise here Thursday, Minister of Agriculture John Mutorwa said the easiest and least expensive water supply options had already been largely developed in Namibia. However, this exercise is a reflection of the challenges the country faces in its quest to develop water resources.

““We need to ensure that the options we choose are technically feasible and robust. We need to ensure that it is financially and economically feasible, and that taxpayers and the public are getting good value for their money,” the minister said.

“We aim to maintain the highest international standards to ensure that the results are credible to objective individuals and organizations, and to potential international financing institutions.”

The project is also important for Namibia’s overall socio-economic development. Foreign investors look at a country’s ability to provide water, power and a secure and consistent operational environment, Mutorwa said, adding that if any one of these elements was absent, investors would look elsewhere.

Source: NAMPA

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