Ndeitunga calls for intensified law enforcement on Trans-Kalahari Corridor

Inspector General of the Namibian Police Force Sebastian Ndeitunga has called on partners and stakeholders of law enforcers in SADC to tighten law enforcement activities on the corridor.

This should be done through intensifying our visibilities on the route, so as to, maintain safety and security thereof, he noted.

Ndeitunga was speaking during the launch of the 10th Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee (TKCMC) Joint Law Enforcement Operations here on Wednesday.

The Inspector General added that the enhancement of road safety on the corridor should also be coupled with the enhancement of trade competitiveness by ensuring national laws are synchronised to minimise the transportation and logistics costs.

This should be done in order to fully implement the notion of corridor bon, guarantee scheme- which is aimed at reducing costs of transit, harmonising axle-load limits along the corridor and ensuring uniformity of enforcement measures to control overloading as well as having similar or matching operating hours at all border posts.

Ndeitunga also expressed appreciation and satisfaction to the strides and efforts made towards the management of the TKC since its inception in 1998.

Deputy Minister of Works and Transport Sankwasa James Sankwasa highlighted the importance role played by good and well-functioning roads and railroad infrastructures on shaping Regional Integration and Economic growth.

Executive Director of TKCMC Leslie Mpofu expressed concern in the fact that Africans do not consume enough of what they produce due to the regulatory frameworks which we inherited which are protectionist and as well as under developed corridors that do not link major African economic nodes.

Regulation of cross-border trade and transport are supposed to be a propeller of, and not an obstacle to enhanced regional trade and growth of cross-border trade and business.

The TKCMC therefore seeks to unlock these changes to ensure seamless movement of goods and people along the corridor and beyond, he said.

He added that regional economic integration remain the most essential mechanism for reconnecting Africans with one another at both social, economic and cultural levels.

TKC is a SADC initiative for creating a conducive trade route from Gauteng Province in South Africa through Gaborone of Botswana to the port of Walvis Bay in Namibia, to Europe and the Americas aimed for the benefit of SADC countries.

The operation is expected to go on until Saturday.

Road Fund Administration of Namibia donated N.dollars 50 000 towards the operation.

SOURCE: NAMIBIA PRESS AGENCY