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