Transnamib And Botswana Railways Sign MoU

Transnamib And Botswana Railways Sign MoU
MoU signed by TransNamib CEO, Mr. Johny Smith and Mr. Leonard Musa Makwinja, Botswana Railways.

TransNamib Holdings Ltd and Botswana Railways (BR) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in Gaborone, Botswana on Monday, 26 November 2018. The MoU between the two railway operators signals the beginning of a fruitful and beneficial relationship to develop and enhance trade between the two countries. The MoU was signed by TransNamib CEO, Mr. Johny Smith and his Botswana counterpart Mr. Leonard Musa Makwinja.

The MoU entails the development and operation of a container terminal in Gobabis.

The cooperation will also help to open up import and export opportunities and unlock value on the Trans-Kalahari route, even though the two countries are not completely linked by rail yet. This MoU will serve as the short to medium term partnership to connect the two rail companies via a rail-road intermodal service, between Namibia and Botswana.

The intermodal linkage from Walvis Bay to Gobabis will therefore replace the road transportation return trip with about 1,200km. The alternative is that goods can be moved from the Port of Walvis Bay to Gobabis by rail serving - Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

This agreement should bring back life into rail again and will serves as a starting point to assist the two Governments in developing the Trans Kalahari Railway (TKR) project. The MoU incorporates collaboration in the areas of Business Development, Marketing, Benchmarking and Operational Excellence, Business Process Reengineering and Systems, Maps, Train Plan Automatization, Signalling Systems, Level Crossings and Siding Connectivity as well as Human Capital related Learning and Growth.

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