Roads Authority important for developmental efforts: Geingob

28 Jun 2019 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 28 JUN (NAMPA) –The Roads Authority (RA) is an integral role player in national developmental efforts, President Hage Geingob said when he inaugurated the RA’s head office here on Friday.
Geingob said RA supports Namibia’s economic development through the management, planning and construction of the road infrastructure network, which is essential for trade facilitation, industrialisation, socio-economic development and regional development and integration.
“I hope this new building signifies that the Roads Authority will play a larger role in our efforts to bring prosperity to the Namibian people,” he said.
Geingob said roads are not just the backbone of the country’s economy, but also important for the advancement of government’s goals to improve citizens’ lives.
“For these reasons, the Government of Namibia has, since independence, invested greatly in expanding the existing road network and upgrading the standard of our roads,” the president stated.
He added that the government has invested in other transport infrastructure development such as the railway, ports and aviation, in order to meet national demand and to position Namibia as the gateway to the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).
The president said according to the SADC Secretariat, infrastructure is critical for promoting and sustaining regional economic development, trade and investment, which contributes to poverty eradication and improved social conditions.
“Namibia is proud to contribute to the SADC vision of infrastructure development through the continued upgrading of our road network, which is a catalyst for national and regional economic growth,” he said.
Geingob further added Namibia is now accessible by all SADC member states and land-locked countries now have access to the Atlantic Ocean via the Port of Walvis Bay, thanks to the efficient road infrastructure which forms local transport corridors.
He said the government is committed to renovating, upgrading, maintaining and expanding critical sections of road network, with a view toward ensuring safe and convenient traveling, stimulating economic activities, and facilitating the movement of goods and services within Namibia and across borders.
“As Namibians, we should feel a sense of pride in having a road network in place which cannot only support our domestic developmental aspirations, but also those of our region and the continent as a whole,” Geingob said.