New transport policy on the way to Cabinet

29 Feb 2016 18:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 FEB (NAMPA) – The revised transport policy aimed at ensuring the availability of safe, effective and efficient transport services in Namibia will be submitted to Cabinet for endorsement soon.
Minister of Works and Transport Alpheus !Naruseb said this during the launch of the white paper on the 2016 Namibia Transport Policy in the capital on Monday.
!Naruseb explained that this is the amended 1995 transport policy aimed at addressing pressing challenges faced by the sector and to achieve prosperous, efficient and sustainable transport and construction systems for Namibia.
The policy covers road, rail, aviation and maritime transport.
The minister said the policy document/report will be submitted to Cabinet for endorsement before it goes to Parliament for discussion.
“Transport is fundamental to our economy and society. Mobility is vital for the internal market and for the quality of life of citizens as they enjoy their freedom to travel and interact,” !Naruseb stressed.
He added that transport enables economic growth and create jobs in the country.
!Naruseb noted that challenges for the current transport system include advancing and catering for future efficiency as well as economic viability.
The policy will create awareness on the importance of maintaining transport networks in the country amongst public and road users.
The minister further noted that accidents amongst others occur because of human intervention, and said most accidents can be avoided.
“We need a paradigm shift in road-users' attitudes and mind-set to avoid unnecessary road accidents,” he said.
Meanwhile, Director of Transport Policy and Regulation in the line ministry, Cedric Limbo explained that the policy report contains information from other national reports and documents such as Vision 2030; the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and 2013-17 Transport Sector Plan.
Other documents incorporated in the transport policy report are the integrated transport master plan; the sustainable urban transport plan for Windhoek and its surroundings; and the master plan for the development of an international logistics hub in Namibia.
Limbo said these plans require ensuring that transport infrastructure is provided effectively and efficiently; that transport services are operated efficiently and that transport of quality standard is achieved and maintained.
Germany’s Ambassador to Namibia, Christian Schlaga said the German government has been committed to assisting Namibia in different areas such as the transport sector since 1995.
Schlaga noted that his government has so far invested over N.dollars 1.2 million in the tarring of roads in the country.
“We are happy, the money we have invested in this country is well spent based on the visible results,” he said.
Schlaga pledged his country's continuous support to Namibia in order to strengthen the two countries’ good relationship.