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Technical assistance for revision of the White Paper on transport policy

Project details
Associated enterprises: 
Transport & Mobility
Project volume: 
567,634 €
Value of services: 
546,614 €
Start of project: 
October, 2014
End of project: 
February, 2016
Project description: 

The 1995 White Paper on Transport Policy was the first post-independence statement on the direction for policy in the Namibian transport industry. It focused mainly on roads and promoted competition as the most appropriate tool for achieving efficiency. Attention was also paid to international (mainly road) transport and to road user taxation/charges. There was little attention to intermodal transport or to the role of “intermediaries/ freight forwarders”.

The Namibian National Development Plan 4 regards the transport and logistics sector as key drivers of the economy and focusses public investments in these priority sectors to promote Namibia as a logistic hub in Southern Africa. In this context a need was identified to revise the existing White Paper in order to enable government to set out the strategic direction for the necessary future development of transport and in a way that facilitates support of both the general public and concerned stakeholders.

The objectives and policy framework under the new (revised) White Paper built on, and took into account, the policy objectives of a number of recent Government initiatives in the transport and wider planning sectors:

  • Vision 2030 (2013);

  • Fourth National Development Plan;

  • Transport Sector Plan 2013-17 (Feb 2013);

  • Sustainable Urban Transport Plan (2013); and

  • Integrated Transport Master Plan (2014

Service description: 
  • Review of the White Paper of 1995 and situation/problem analysis;

  • Analysis of documents (acts, regulations, etc.) that are of relevance to the transport sector;

  • International benchmarking of transport policies;

  • Formulate and propose objectives of transport policy;

  • Development of key policy principles for institutional policies, planning and investment policies, operational, regulatory and licensing policies, pricing, cost recovery, taxation and subsidy polices, social and cross-cutting (e.g. pro-poor growth, gender, environment) issues;

  • Define requirements for effective implementation;

  • Define monitoring measures for the effectiveness of the implementation of the White Paper;

  • Provide specific technical input for every area of the transport sector, including roads, railways, maritime transport, aviation, multi- and intermodal transport, urban and rural transport, public transport, non-motorised transport, financing and planning as well as international and national logistics; and

  • Pre-implementation assistance.