WINDHOEK: The lack of interest from the private sector in the water business is hampering further development and adversely impacting the development of appropriate technology in Namibia.
Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa raised this concern during the opening of the first-ever water investment conference yesterday.
He noted that there are few local manufacturing plants and support services for equipment, supplies, parts and spares, which have to be imported and kept in stock at very high cost.
‘There is a need to open this market for local entrepreneurs,’ Mutorwa stated.
Although Namibia has thus far been able to meet the growing demand for water to sustain development, there is a continuous need for the improvement of water services to keep abreast with the changing demand patterns through innovation and skills.