Mogae urges Namibia to join WAFS project

Mogae urges Namibia to join WAFS project

THE visiting Botswana President Festus Mogae has appealed to Namibia to join the West African Festoon Systems (WAFS) initiative that connects countries along the western coast of Africa from Nigeria to Namibia through a submarine fibre-optic connection.

Mogae said Botswana was expanding its 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 is 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$60 million.The closing date for acceptance is May 2006.Mogae said Botswana planned to boost its power-generation capacity to help resolve the power shortage in the southern African region.”Given our vast coal reserves, we have decided to exploit this coal for thermal power generation and will be speaking to neighbours like yourselves to import some of our excess power,” he said.He said the envisaged coal project would also benefit downstream industries and sectors such as transport links to Walvis Bay harbour for exporting the coal.During his visit, Mogae and President Hifikepunye Pohamba will jointly commission the Omaere-Ghanzi substation.Mogae is scheduled to depart today.- Nampa”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 is 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$60 million.The closing date for acceptance is May 2006.Mogae said Botswana planned to boost its power-generation capacity to help resolve the power shortage in the southern African region.”Given our vast coal reserves, we have decided to exploit this coal for thermal power generation and will be speaking to neighbours like yourselves to import some of our excess power,” he said.He said the envisaged coal project would also benefit downstream industries and sectors such as transport links to Walvis Bay harbour for exporting the coal.During his visit, Mogae and President Hifikepunye Pohamba will jointly commission the Omaere-Ghanzi substation.Mogae is scheduled to depart today.- Nampa

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