WEF rates Namibia's roads as top in Africa

12 Feb 2018 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 FEB (NAMPA) – Namibia has been named as the African country with the best roads, the Roads Authority (RA) announced in a media statement on Monday.
The statement, which was released by the RA Corporate Communication division, states that the country emerged top on the continent on the World Economic Forum (WEF) rankings.
The results were released via the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2017/18.
The Global Competitive Report index tracks the performance of approximately 140 countries on 12 pillars of competitiveness, including the quality of Road Infrastructure Development.
Namibia tops the list of African countries in the category of road infrastructure development, with a score of 5.2 out of 7.
The only other African countries to make it to the top 50 list were South Africa and Rwanda with a score of 5.0 respectively, followed by Mauritius with a 4.7 score.
The United Arab Emirates took the overall top position with a 6.5 score.
The statement said since the establishment of the Roads Authority in April 2000, the organisation has continued to play a vital role in the socio-economic development of Namibia, in particular the advancement of previously neglected areas of the country.
The RA said the expansion of the country’s road network has already started to bear fruit as many of the communities in Namibia have access to the main centres of the country.
Namibia’s road network also continues to contribute to the economic growth of other SADC countries, as Namibia remains the only country in SADC that has well developed and functioning corridors.
These corridors are the Trans-Caprivi Corridor that links Namibia with Zambia, Zimbabwe and DRC, the Trans-Kunene Corridor that links Namibia with Angola and the DRC via the Port of Walvis Bay and the Trans-Kalahari Highway that links Botswana and South Africa’s industrial hub of Gauteng to Namibia.
RA Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi was quoted in the statement as saying that this accolade re-affirmations the efforts made by the RA to continue to develop the country’s 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 availing funds for road infrastructure development,” he said.
Lutombi also expressed his gratitude to stakeholders such as the Road Fund Administration, local authorities and all road users for their contribution towards the achievement.
The World Economic Forum is a Swiss non-profit foundation based in Geneva. Its mission is cited as to be “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.