By Business Reporter
NAMIBIA has been accorded the top position for having the best roads in Africa by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
The results were released via the WEF’s Global Competitiveness Report for 2014/15.
A total number of 144 countries worldwide were assessed based on a number of indicators, including the quality of road infrastructure. The report also found that Namibia’s roads were of similar quality to those in Britain and Puerto Rico. The three countries were each given a score of 5.2 in comparison to the United Arab Emirates which was placed in the overall top position with the highest score of 6.6.
“We have come very far in the 25 years since independence, in terms of infrastructure and we want to accelerate national development through the provision of good and safe road infrastructure, to the extent that Namibia’s social and economic development is comparable to that of any modern state in the world,” said Conrad Mutonga Lutombi, CEO of the Roads Authority (RA), who was justifiably proud that Namibia was ranked as having the best road network in Africa.
“We have upgraded many of the existing gravel roads to bitumen standards since independence, hence we are still continuing upgrading and building new roads, making them safer, more efficient and lowering transport costs for users significant,” Lutombi added.
Further, Lutombi expressed his gratitude to the Government of the Republic of Namibia and all other stakeholders including municipalities for their contribution towards this praiseworthy achievement. “I believe good and safe roads will give our country good economy,” Lutombi concluded.
The World Economic Forum is a Swiss non-profit foundation, based in Geneva. The Foundation is recognized by the Swiss authorities as the international institution for public-private cooperation and its mission is cited as “committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas”.
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