Construction of Walvis Bay dry port nears completion

Construction of Walvis Bay dry port nears completion

Jan 5, 2016: Construction activity for phase one of the Walvis Bay dry port facility is now 90 percent complete following the government’s directive to provide funds for the project, Road Motor Services managing director Cosmos Mutakaya said.

Road Motor Services, a subsidiary of the National Railways of Zimbabwe, is spearheading the construction of the port in partnership with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group and the Namibian Port Authority.

In September 2009, the Namibian government granted Zimbabwe 19000 square metres of land to construct its own dry port that is expected to boost the country’s trade but due to financial constraints the project failed to take off.

The project has the potential to open a strategic gateway to the sea for Zimbabwe.

Trade for Zimbabwe via Walvis Bay has increased in the past few years and a large percentage of commodities have been transported along this corridor.

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