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Trilateral road in construction to facilitate trade

Trilateral road in construction to facilitate trade

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has confirmed that the activities undertaken to facilitate trade along the Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (WBNLDC) for the member states of Namibia, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia have borne many fruits.

WBCG said that infrastructure upgrades on the corridor in Namibia will see both coastal roads between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay namely the B2 highway and the road behind the dunes, upgrade to tarred dual carriageways over the course of the next three years.

The Group stated that construction on the new road upgrade behind the dunes has commenced this year and after completion of this road, upgrade of the coastal B2 highway to a dual carriageway will commence and the upgrade of the road between Swakompund and Usakos is also planned.

According to the Group, the Zamibian government is constructing a dual carriageway from Lusaka to Ndola, which will take four years to complete and more transporters to and from Namibia are now using the Sesheke-Senenga-Mongu-Kaoma road.

Due to security matters in DRC, transhipment at the Kasumbalesa Border Post has increased, which has seen a shift in the ‘modus operade’ with trucks from the neighboring counties offloading at the boarder and small trucks from the DRC then loading the goods at the boarder taking them into DRC,” they added.

The final signature on the Trilateral Road was made in September 2016 by the Minister of Works and Transport and working meetings of public and private sector commenced last year and has continues this year.


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Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.