US$196 million loan approved to modernise Namibian rail

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The African Development Bank has loaned Namibia US$196 million towards the second phase of its Transport Infrastructure Improvement Project (TIIP).

The funding constitutes 52% of the overall project expenses, with the Namibian government contributing the remaining portion. The initial stage of the initiative involves constructing a 207-km railway line adjacent to the existing route between Kranzberg and Otjiwarongo in the northern region of the country. This phase encompasses the construction of 16 bridges and the renovation of two stations. The signaling system along the Walvis Bay-to-Tsumeb line will undergo modernization as part of this phase. The subsequent phase aims to lay approximately 420 km of track. Furthermore, this project will establish a connection from Namibia to Africa's Copper Belt, contributing to regional railway connectivity.

Namibia boasts a well-established road infrastructure, with over 44,500 km of roads connecting the majority of towns and communities. The country is interconnected by road to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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