Guest Contributor | Aug 20, 2019 | 0
Commerce Chamber commends government on road infrastructure
The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has welcomed the ratings given to Namibia’s road infrastructure by the Global Competitiveness Report, published annually by the World Economic Forum.
The 2017-2018 ratings placed Namibia at the 31st position amongst 137 countries and maintained its top position amongst the best 10 in Africa.
Charity Mwiya, Acting Chief Executive Officer at NCCI said that this ranking should be viewed as a very significant milestone of well planned investments which the government has been making over the years.
“This is a welcomed development considering that quality road infrastructure has long been believed to be a cornerstone of the economy as it promotes and enhances mobility of people and good which is a critical ingredient to economic growth,” she added.
She further emphasized that the government and the private sector should work closely together through public private partnerships to maintain the transport and logistics infrastructure in order to stimulate increased economic activities.
“As Namibia’s premiere voice of business, we would like to urge the good work and collaboration that has existed between the government and private sectors continues in the future,” she said.
Meanwhile, she promised to continuously endeavor to encourage all their constituencies to rally behind government in investing in both quality road and railway infrastructure because this will ensure that Namibia achieves its full potential, particularly in view of our ambitious dream to became the region’s logistic hub.
Namibia ranked at the 23rd position in the 2016-2017 report among 138 countries and topped the list of the best 10 in Africa. These ratings mean that Namibia is amongst the countries with best road infrastructure in the world and at current position, even beats some of the giant economies like Chine at 42nd position, Italy at 45th position, India at 55th position and Brazil at 103rd position.