Row Over Namibia's N$7-Billion New Airport

Windhoek — The Namibia Airports Company (NAC) and Ministry of Works and Transport have failed to provide a reason for granting the N$7 billion tender to construct a new international airport in Windhoek to a Chinese company, while bypassing a Turkish rival which quoted N$3 billion.

Turkish construction giant TaŞyapi is seething over the award of the tender to a Chinese rival, which quoted N$4 billion more than the Instanbul-based company.

Chinese firm Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Corporation (AFECC) was granted the tender to construct the new airport at a cost of US$478 million (in excess of N$7 billion at current exchange rate), while the Turks quoted US$200 million (about N$3 billion).