Joint law enforcement operation kicks-off
Corridors crucial for trade
26 September 2019 | Ministries
James Sankwasa; Deputy Minister of Works and Transport; “If we are not connected, our trade will be limited.”
The 10th Trans Kalahari Corridor Management Committee joint law enforcement operation was launched near Swakopmund on Wednesday.
The operation, which is conducted by the Ministry of Works and Transport as well as Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat, involves law enforcers from Namibia, Botswana and South Africa, and takes place under the theme “Enhancing socioeconomic growth through unity and purpose”.
Speaking at the launch, deputy minister James Sankwasa said there needs to be an improvement in road and rail infrastructure in the region for member states to connect with each other. “If we are not connected, our trade will be limited. We need to extend our trade to other African countries so that we can tap into other markets and improve trade.”
Speaking at the same event, the head of the Namibian Police Force, Lieutenant General Sebastian Ndeitunga, said that the involvement of law enforcement is an important prerequisite because of the transport of goods and business.
“Let us continue to implement law enforcement and intensify visibility on the roads.”
Echoing Ndeitunga’s sentiments, Erongo governor Cleophas Mutjavikua called for an improvement of key performance areas.
“If we are not improving, what are the hindrances and how can they be removed? A key aspect is safety and we are not doing very well in terms of safety,” he said.
There are various socioeconomic opportunities and benefits which are offered by the Trans Kalahari Corridor to the Southern African subcontinent.
According to the executive director of the Trans Kalahari Secretariat, Leslie Mpofu, one of the most important benefits is how it brings about regional integration.
“Corridors promote regional integration and this is key to promoting growth prospects and developing countries as well as mobilizing foreign direct investment.”
Mpofu said that corridors help to prioritize infrastructure development to fill missing links in developing regions and help identify regulatory and other constraints to trade facilitation, enabling the design of appropriate interventions while promoting harmonization.
“They facilitate trade (experts and imports), enhance regional and global value chain and production networks, enhance economic agents such as employment, agriculture production, industrialisation, transport hubs, and enhance the competitive advantage of countries and of the region.”