The Namibian ambassador to Angola, Patrick Nandango, reaffirmed last Thursday in Lubango City, southern Huila Province, the interest to expand the rail links of both countries through Tchamutete, Municipality of Jamba (Huila) to the Santa Clara border, with a view to boosting commercial exchange.
Speaking on the sidelines of a meeting held with the governor of the Province of Huila, Luís Nunes, the Namibian diplomat said that his country’s railway reaches Santa Clara, so Angola needs to make efforts to make its railway go up to the border.
He said that several products from Namibia arrive in Angola by road and this has often been one of the factors contributing to poor road maintenance, so rail should be the main route for transporting products, plus the alternative roads.
He said every effort is being made to finalize the project, so in the coming days the Namibian minister of Transport is to make a visit to his Angolan counterpart to discuss the finalization of the extension of the Tchamutete railway line to Santa Clara.
The ambassador also expressed his country’s interest in exporting to Angola reproduction cattle and meat, adding that a Namibian team was in the country to finalize the agreement and help Angolan breeders to increase their livestock capacity.
Patrick Nandago also pointed out that they have a cooperation agreement between both ministries of education, which includes sending Angolan teachers to Namibia to teach Portuguese, as their country has Portuguese as a second language.
He noted that there are close to 40 cooperation agreements signed between the two countries in the sectors of agriculture, industry, trade, education, health, tourism, among others, some are active and others pending, awaiting a reactivation.
Namibian entrepreneurs, he said, are ready to come to invest with financial capital and know-how, especially in the agricultural sector, hence the need to create an environment for business to flow.
On his turn, the governor of Huila Province, Luís Nunes, stressed that his executive is working to attract private investment, both domestic and foreign, aimed to solve the problem of unemployment in the province, hence the holding of the “Invest Huila” fair.
“We know there is a strong desire from the Namibian business class to invest in Angola, particularly in Huila. We are counting on that,” he added.
The two states share a land border of 1,376 kilometres and, since 2007, the movement of citizens of both countries in this area has been partially free of barriers.