RA opens technology transfer centre

03 Mar 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – The Roads Authority (RA) on Monday officially opened a technology transfer centre which will make information and technology in transportation-related matters available to the public.
Opening the centre, the RA's Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Conrad Lutombi said the facility will promote a safe, efficient and sustainable transportation network through innovation and the provision and application of new research and technology.
The centre is situated at the RA head office in the Ministry of Works and Transport.
“The centre will acquire and disseminate information which pertains to the construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of the national road network and facilitate training programmes,” he indicated.
Lutombi further said the centre will create a networking platform that enables skills and information transfer to achieve economical, quality roads, and encourage information-sharing through different media such as electronic library services.
The facility will further update stakeholders on national, regional and international engineering associations and other bodies such as the International Road Federation on the activities and development work undertaken and achieved by these bodies, as well as exchange information with them for mutual benefit.
“I am pleased to share with you that the centre will not only serve RA employees. The resources at this centre will be accessible to any person or organisation,” he said.
Lutombi noted that the country's development blueprint requires certain actions which must be fulfilled in order for Namibia to become an industrialised and developed country as outlined in the country's Vision 2030.
The RA CEO noted that the opening of the centre is another step towards Namibia having a sustainable road sector which is ahead of national and regional socio-economic needs in pursuit of Namibia's Vision 2030.
“We are confident that the centre will systematically and effectively facilitate the acquisition and dissemination of information and technology and policy knowledge that is relevant to the Namibian road transportation environment.
“However, it is important to mention that in order for the centre to achieve its goals and objectives, we need support and to engage all our stakeholders to share knowledge,” he said.
Namibia is the 10th African country to establish such a technology transfer centre after Burkina Faso, Chad, Madagascar, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and South Africa.
Over the past 28 years, more than 200 transportation-related technology centres have been established around the world.