Background

Namibia is well placed, both geographically and in terms of keen investor interest in its world-class mineral deposits to use the opportunity of high levels of demand for these commodities together with its abundant agricultural resources and superb transport and energy infrastructure networks to drive national development. In addition to its considerable mineral resources Namibia has just made additional discoveries of offshore oil and gas resources and therefore possesses large-scale power production potential and a large and young labor force. Its tourism potential is outstanding. This economic potential can be realized only with the development and communications network, and power and water supply is harnessed and further economic benefit from the development of its natural resources it must effectively integrate spatial land use and development planning with strategic infrastructure provision and collaborative economic development processes. 

 

The Namibian government, through the Ministry of Trade and Industry, has determined that it will pursue this integration through identified economic development corridors, defined as Spatial Development Initiatives or SDIs and has mandated the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) to accelerate development along what have traditionally been transport corridors. The overarching Program goal is development of the spatial economies of the identified SDI nodes and corridors to achieve economic growth in a manner, which is institutionally and environmentally sustainable and socially beneficial. It is to maximize social and economic benefits to local corridor based firms and households and thereby also the national economy.