Businesses worried about lack of water and energy (The Namibia Press Agency)

| September 9, 2015

Namibian local and foreign investors are worried about the security of supply of water and electricity in the country.

Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Tarah Shaanika on behalf of the business community in the Khomas region told President Hage Geingob that captains of industry have expressed concerns over the security of supply of water and electricity in the country.

The Khomas region’s business community met with Geingob on Wednesday in Windhoek to interact with the Head of State on issue discuss issues

Investments are made where there is water and electricity security, he said, asking whether there are plans by the government to ensure that there is sufficient water and electricity for the investors.

In his response, Geingob indicated that Namibia is one of the country affected by the climate change.

Namibia is a dry country and water is a problem, he said.

He also indicated that not only Namibia that affected by the electricity problem, but the whole of the Southern African development Community (SADC) region is affected.

However, Geingob assured the business community that, the government is not sitting idle, things are being done, and the situation is looking promising.

He indicated that talks are underway between the neighbouring countries such as Botswana and Zambia so that Namibia drew water from Kavango River.

We have also continuous discussion meetings with the government of Angola so that we can get water from Calueque river. We also hope to ease the bottleneck through desalination, he said.

He also indicated that, a study report is being awaited on the discovery of water in Ohangwena region.

On energy, Geingob indicated that energy is a serious crisis in the SADC region.

It is a worrying situation to us, but reports are coming back that we are still safe in the next three years and we can also get cheaper energy in the process, he stated.

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