WINDHOEK, The African Development Bank (AfDB) has identified Namibia as one of five African countries which can generate sufficient electricity for itself and to supply other African countries.
In his capacity as a power provision advocate of the AfDB, Ghana’s former president, John Mahama, announced this at State House Windhoek on Wednesday after a closed-door meeting with Namibian President Hage Geingob.
Mahama told the media that the AfDB had set targets of renewable and clean energy which it wants the continent to meet over a certain period. “Several countries have been identified, which have the propensity and the comparative advantage to be able to produce power not only for themselves but also for bigger sub-regions and Namibia is one of them.”
Mahama explained that because of Namibia’s geographical position, it has the potential to develop its energy sector to meet its own needs and distribute the surplus to fellow member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
“It is believed that Namibia is strategic in terms of stabilizing and increasing power supply in the whole of the southern African region,” he said.
Two officials from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) delegates, who accompanied Mahama to the meeting with Geingob, handed over a special letter from UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the president.
“The UAE wants to collaborate with Namibia in power production and they will be meeting the Power Minister (Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze) later to discuss with him what collaboration Namibia can have with the UAE in terms of expanding power production, not only for Namibia but for the whole SADC,” Mahama explained.
Geingob said a conversation and exchange of views on the matter would be highly valued to deal with the country’s and region’s energy crisis. “It is a crisis in this part of the world. It is the driest area. So we are really having a problem but we would like to tackle it,” the president said.
“We have all clean energy resources, including uranium. So we seek people to join us and advise us.” He said that all options are open.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK