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The Ministers of Transport for Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa have inaugurated the office of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCS) in Windhoek.

This came after the three countries signed an agreement on the development and management of the Kalahari Corridor in 2003.

The TKCS was established and housed in Windhoek, and as a stipulation for hosting the Secretariat, the Namibian government is obliged to provide an office to be used as its headquarters.

The three governments will share the responsibility to facilitate the movement of goods and people and ensure the effective collection of revenue while promoting trade, stimulating economic growth, and creating employment.

Namibia's Minister of Works and Transport, John Mutorwa, remarked that the project's objective is to implement the seamless and integrated movement of goods and persons with the view to reducing transportation costs and transit time.

The countries are committed to fostering a healthy public-private partnership based on mutual trust to promote and maintain fair and equal treatment of users through mutually agreed service standards.

The corridor office is expected to unblock the intractable challenges that hold back the three countries' development.

The governments further commit to collaborate as a corridor management institution to ensure effective and efficient service delivery by being timely, transparent, and accountable.

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Lucy Nghifindaka