Namibia - Northern Railway Extension Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 19 Sep 2001
Signature Date 16 Oct 2001
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2006
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2006
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21030
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 9,606,511.22
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed Northern Railway Extension project would facilitate balanced development of infrastructure facilities in the regions/areas, which were hitherto neglected. It involves the extension of the rail line from Tsumeb to Ondangwa (248 km). These areas have been identified as critical for economic growth and poverty reduction. Any improvement or expansion to the existing transport infrastructure facilities in these areas would stimulate economic growth, promote regional integration and economic co-operation between Namibia and Angola through trade links. The construction of the new rail link is a major step towards development of the “Namibe-Lubango-Oshikango-Walvis Bay Corridor” which has been identified as priority for both Governments of Namibia and Angola. It would contribute to the national policy objective of sustained economic development in the northern regions. The overall project will be implemented over a period of 40 months with a total cost estimated at UA 49.32 million, net of taxes and duties.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to facilitate economic development and poverty alleviation by improving the efficiency of the national transport infrastructure through maintenance, rehabilitation, upgrading and construction, particularly in the rural areas in order to promote agricultural and industrial activities through increased flow of goods and services at least cost. The project objective is to stimulate economic growth in the northern regions of Namibia and to promote regional integration by improving trade links with the neighbouring country (Angola) through provision of additional infrastructural facilities by extending the existing railway network from Tsumeb to Ondangwa (248 km).


Beneficiaries are government and people of the four regions which constitute about 45% of Namibia’s population.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank
Government Of Namibia
Department of Transport


IATI identifier 46002-P-NA-DC0-001
Last Update 02 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name OUMAROU Amadou

Geographic Location

Country Namibia
Coordinates Location Name
-18.5 17.08333 Oshikoto
-18.5 15.75 Oshana
-18.33333 14.83333 Omusati
-17.58333 16.75 Ohangwena