Road Trip Anyone? Namibia Has the Best Roads in Africa
PUBLISHED 13 MAR 2018
The World Economic Forum (WEF) — a Swiss non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the state of the world — has once again rated Namibia's roads the best in Africa. The results were included in the WEF's 2017/18 Global Competitiveness Report, which rates the performance of around 140 countries according to 12 categories that determine competitiveness, including the quality of the country's roads.
A newly tarred road to Luderitz in the Namib desert
According to a report in The Nambian, Namibia once again topped the list of African nations in the road infrastructure development category, scoring an impressive 5,2 out of 7. Namibia also fared better than Bahrain, Ecuador, Great Britain and Qatar, who all scored 5,1. There were only three other African countries to feature in the top 50: Rwanda and South Africa — tying with a score of 5 out of 7, and Mauritius which scored 4,7. With an admirable score of 6,5, the United Arab Emirates were the ultimate winners in this category.
The Roads Authority has continued to play a pivotal role in Namibia's socio-economic development since it was established in April 2000, particularly in advancing areas of the country that were previously neglected. The expansion of the country's road network has not only given many rural communities access to main urban centres, but has also contributed to the economic growth of surrounding SADC countries.
The report acknowledges that "Namibia is the only SADC country that has well-developed and functioning corridors such as Trans-Caprivi Highway that links Namibia with Zambia, Zimbabwe and DRC, the Trans Kalahari Highway that links Namibia to Botswana and South Africa's industrial hub (Gauteng) and the Trans Kunene Corridor that links Namibia to Angola and the DRC via the port of Walvis Bay."
These corridors not only play a pivotal role in the economic development of SADC, they are also beneficial to tourism, enabling visitors to explore the country and its neighbours by vehicle.
"This accolade is a re-affirmation of the efforts made by the Roads Authority to develop our road infrastructure and to ensure that it is on par with global standards. I would, therefore, like to express our sincere gratitude to our government for the visionary leadership and for continuously making available funds for road infrastructure development," said Roads Authority CEO, Conrad Mutonga Lutombi.
Lutombi also took the opportunity to thank other stakeholders such as local municipalities, the Road Fund Administration, as well as road users for contributing to this achievement.
"We pride ourselves on this important recognition and see it as a measure of not only how far we have come and achieved but also as a re-assurance that we are on the right path in our mission to manage a safe and efficient national road network to support economic growth in line with the National Development Plans (NDP), Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) and Vision 2030 objectives," he concluded.