26 Sep 2019 09:30am
SWAKOPMUND, 26 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibian Police Force Inspector-General, Sebastian Ndeitunga, has called on law enforcement stakeholders in the Southern African Development Community to increase their activity on the Trans-Kalahari Corridor (TKC).
This should be done through intensifying our visibility on the route to maintain safety and security, Ndeitunga said while speaking at the launch of the 10th Trans-Kalahari Corridor Management Committee (TKCMC) Joint Law Enforcement Operation here on Wednesday.
The operation, taking place on the B2 road just five kilometres outside Swakopmund, will amongst others see law enforcement officers checking vehicles to ensure they adhere to road safety regulations.
The inspector-general said the enhancement of road safety on the corridor should be coupled with the enhancement of trade competitiveness by ensuring national laws are synchronised to amongst others, minimise transportation and logistics costs.
This should be done in order to fully implement the notion of the corridor bond guarantee scheme - which is aimed at reducing costs of transit, harmonising axle-load limits along the corridor and ensuring uniformity of enforcement measures to control overloading, as well as having similar or matching operating hours at all border posts.
TKCMC Executive Director Leslie Mpofu expressed concern at the fact that Africans do not consume enough of what they produce due to protectionist regulatory frameworks.
He also made mention of under-developed corridors that do not link major African economic nodes.
Regulation of cross-border trade and transport are supposed to be a propeller of, and not an obstacle to, enhanced regional trade and growth of cross-border trade and business.
The TKCMC therefore seeks to unlock these changes to ensure seamless movement of goods and people along the corridor and beyond, he said.
Mpofu added that regional economic integration remains the most essential mechanism for reconnecting Africans with each other at social, economic and cultural levels.
The operation is expected to end Saturday.
The Trans-Kalahari Corridor was jointly developed by the three governments in 1998 followed by a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2003. It comprises a tarred road linking the Port of Walvis Bay with Botswana and the industrial powerhouse of Gauteng in South Africa, stretching over 1 900 kilometres.
Supported by a railway line, it is known for providing a short transport link across the entire breadth of the southern African sub-continent.