WINDHOEK – The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) is in the process of building a Community Skills Development Centre (COSDEC) at Gobabis and also plans to build a state veterinary office complex at Epukiro in the Omaheke Region.
The MCA has entered the fourth year of its massive five-year plan to implement development projects aimed at growing the Namibian economy in order to alleviate poverty. When completed the state veterinary office complex at Epukiro will be the first ever in the predominantly cattle farming constituency.
The complex is expected to feature offices, a medical store, kennels, freezer and cold rooms, a post-mortem room, a pharmacy, laboratory, sterilisation room, meeting room, consulting and treatment areas, veterinary theatre and stables for large animals.
Three houses for staff will form part of the construction and will be built on separate erven.
The envisaged Epukiro veterinary complex will cost N$18.6 million to complete.
The estimated cost to complete the Cosdec centre is over N$10 million and will be built by GVK Construction. Completion of the centre is slated for early 2013, while the veterinary complex is expected to be ready by October 2013.
MCA Namibia is a multi-billion dollar investment drive by the U.S. government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation, aimed at strengthening the capacity of developing countries to advance their prospects to achieve lasting economic growth and poverty reduction.
Namibia signed up for the US$304.5 million (about N$2.53 billion at the current exchange rate) grant for a period of five years ending in mid-2014.