Mogae urges Namibia to join WAFS

Mogae said Botswana is expanding her connectivity by participating in several connectivity initiatives such as WAFS. “Botswana does not have access to the coast. Participation of both Namibia and Angola in the project is very critical,” said the Botswana Head of State who was in Namibia on a three-day state visit. “We persuade Namibia to participate,” said Mogae, adding that they were also negotiating with Angola to participate in the project. The required minimum investment for a coastal country like Namibia is US$10 million, approximately N.dollars 60 million. The closing date for acceptance is May 2006. Meanwhile, Mogae noted that the region is faced with deficit in power supply. He added that Botswana imports power from Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. “Given our vast coal reserves, we have decided to exploit this coal for thermal power generation and will be speaking to neighbors like yourselves to import some of our excess power,” he said. He then noted that the coal project envisaged will also benefit downstream industries and sectors such as a re-link to Walvis Bay for exporting the coal. During his visit, Mogae and Pohamba jointly commissioned the Omaere-Ghantsi substation. ‘ Nampa.

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