Namibian suppliers scoop contracts in economic push

27 September 2011

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27 September 2011 | Angeline Albert

Namibian companies have won US$127 million worth of contracts following a programme to help develop the economy in the country.

Contracts 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.

The 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.

Penny Akwenye, CEO of MCA-N and in charge of the procurement team, said 30 foreign companies have also signed deals.

“Significant 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.

Some 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 conservation areas.

Akwenye 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.

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