China Gezhouba Group starts 107km railway in Namibia

Namibian government officials yesterday witnessed the start of a project by China Gezhouba Group Corporation (CGGC) to build a 107.5-km railway in Namibia between Walvis Bay and Arandis in the west of the country.

The $72.7m railway, called A1S1, is part of the Namibian government’s plan to become a transport and logistics hub for southern Africa since Namibia shares borders with Angola, South Africa, Botswana and Zambia.

The project is expected to last 821 days, reports The Global Times.

The Namibian government will cover 56% of the railway’s cost, with 44% covered by a loan from the African Development Bank.

"We have now commenced A1S1 from Walvis Bay to Swakopmund. We are looking forward to making this collaboration a success and we will definitely do our best," said CGGC representative, Li Lijie.

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