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September 2011 | Angeline Albert
companies have won US$127 million worth of contracts following a programme to
help develop the economy in the country.
have been awarded to 50 companies as part of a joint development programme
established by the US government and supported by their Namibian counterparts
to support the education, tourism and agriculture sectors.
five year scheme, known as the Millennium Challenge Account Namibia, (MCA-N) was
set up in 2008 to drive economic growth in the country and is funded through
the US Millennium Challenge Corporation. Some US$305 million is
available to foster economic growth by increasing the skills of domestic
workers and the productivity of rural businesses.
Akwenye, CEO of MCA-N and in charge of the procurement team, said 30 foreign
companies have also signed deals.
progress has been made at renovating and upgrading selected schools in the
Omusati, Oshana and Ohangwena regions. These 13 schools are nearing completion
and will be handed over to learners in November 2011,” she said.
695,000 textbooks and other learning materials were purchased for 1,195 schools
and 97 educational institutions countrywide. In agriculture, 1.2 million animal
tags were bought to help identify and trace cattle. MCA-N is also awarding
deals to support the Ministry of Environment and Tourism moving wildlife
species, such as blue wildebeest, giraffes and black-faced impala, to selected
said 140 major contracts worth a total of US$148 million have been awarded since
the programme was launched. The programme is set to come to an end in 2014.