Namibia tops list of best quality roads in Africa

FOR the fifth consecutive year, Namibia has been ranked number one by the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) Global Competitive Report Index of 2020 for having the best roads on the African continent.

According to a press statement issued by Roads Authority (RA) Chief Executive Officer, Conrad Lutombi, Namibia remains unchallenged when it comes to good quality roads in Africa, ranking above South Africa and Rwanda in second and third place respectively.

Globally, the country also ranked favourably at number 23, above economic giants such as China, India and Italy, that ranked at 42, 46 and 56 respectively.  The United Arab Emirates, Singapore and Switzerland topped the list of best roads in the world with a score of 6.2 each.

According to RA, Namibia’s success is attributed to two important factors, namely an effective maintenance strategy on existing road infrastructure, which plays a pivotal role in prolonging its life span and the upgrading and construction of new roads, which contributes significantly to the quality of national roads.

Lutombi said, “As a State Owned Entity, the RA has reached many milestones in terms of developing and extending Namibia’s road infrastructure in all corners of the country.  This has been made possible by the commitment of the Namibian government through the Ministry of Works and Transport, which has continuously accorded top priority to the provision of funding the development of road infrastructure.  The RA hereby also recognises the efforts of the Road Fund Administration (RFA) for availing financial resources required to execute its mandate.”

Lutombi further expressed gratitude towards other stakeholders such as the KfW from Germany (developmental partner), municipalities and the road users for their contribution towards the praiseworthy achievement.

“However, the accolade comes at a time where we are receiving good rainfall, which has affected our roads, particularly in the southern regions of the country. The RA will ensure that all damaged sections are restored after the rainy season has ended and where needed, drainage structures will be constructed to mitigate future damages/flooding. This will be done to keep our road network in a good condition as we strive to achieve our vision of having a sustainable road sector, which is ahead of national and regional socio economic needs in pursuit of Namibia’s Vision 2030,” he noted.

He added that the RA further believes that Namibia’s good road network will continue to drive the economy to greater heights while bringing prosperity and alleviating poverty.