Namibia could power itself and southern Africa

19 Jul 2017 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) – The African Development Bank (AfDB) has identified Namibia as one of the five countries that can generate electricity for itself and supply other African countries.
In his capacity as a power provision advocate of the AfDB, Ghana’s former president John Mahama announced this at State House on Wednesday.
After a closed door meeting with President Hage Geingob, Mahama disclosed to the media that the AfDB has set targets of renewable and clean energy that it wants the continent to meet over a certain period.
“Several countries have been identified, which have the propensity and the comparative advantage to be able to produce power not only for themselves but also for bigger sub-regions and Namibia is one of them.”
Mahama explained that because of Namibia’s geographical position, it has the potential to develop its energy sector to meet its own needs and distribute the surplus in the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“It is believed that Namibia is strategic in terms of stabilizing and increasing power supply in the whole of the southern African region,” he said.
Mahama noted they intend leveraging investment from the AfDB and the private sector “to make this happen”.
Two United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegates, who handed over a special letter from UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to Geingob accompanied Mahama at the meeting.
“The UAE wants to collaborate with Namibia in power production and they will be meeting the power minister [Mines and Energy Minister] Obeth Kandjoze] later in the afternoon, to discuss with him what collaboration Namibia can have with UAE in terms of expanding power production, not only for Namibia but for the whole SADC Region,” Mahama explained.
In his response, Geingob said a conversation and exchange of views on the matter would be highly valued to deal with the country’s and region’s energy crisis.
“It is a crisis in this part of the world. It is the driest area. So we are really having a problem but we would like to tackle it.
We have all clean energy resources, including uranium. So we seek people to join us and advise us,” he said adding that all options are open.
Mahama and his delegation will leave Namibia on Thursday.