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PJTC Initiatives and Projects  

In addition the PJTC has several sub-committees that deal with other particular issues regarding the management of the basin , for example:

  • Task Force Calueque (TFC);
  • Baynes Committee (BC);
  • Committee on Bilateral Agreements; and
  • Committee on the Kunene River Basin Master Plan.
PJTC is working to ensure the infrastructure along the river becomes fully operational.
Source: Kellner 2009
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The Task Force Calueque (TFC) is composed of officials from Angola and Namibia. They meet at lest twice a year and the Task Force serves to:

  • Share information on the resource base of the Kunene River basin;
  • Oversee the implementation of water supply projects (for human consumption, irrigation, and other industrial uses) in the Kunene River basin especially those of a transboundary  nature; and
  • Advise the PJTC on the impact of the projects that are implemented.

The TFC therefore has the mandate to make technical decisions related to the approval of such projects, to co-opt official resource persons from either Angola or Namibia and to propose and recommend policy and strategic issue to the PJTC for consideration.

The Baynes Committee (BC) was established in 2005, with 5 members each from Angola and Namibia, with the task of overseeing an updating the results of the studies in the 1990's carried to evaluate the feasibility of building major hydroelectric schemes in the Lower Kunene. The BC is to oversee the updating of the mathematical model, to accommodate new requirements and the changed power market as well as a comprehensive revision of the techno-economic and environmental components of the 1998 Baynes Study. The BC also advises the PJTC on the planning of public information campaigns and ensuring that the public remains informed about the progress of the study.

The Committee on Bilateral Agreements is also composed of official representatives from Angola and Namibia. The Committee is charged with studying and analysing the articles and provisions of both the 1964 Agreement and 1969 Agreement with a view to identifying those aspects which have become obsolete, warrant further clarification or require updating. For the 1969 Agreement the Committee is also charge with making specific recommendations with regard to the completion of the Kunene River Scheme.

Additionally the Committee has the task of considering the water use requirements and availability, rights of usage, ownership and all other bilateral arrangements needed for the implementation of the proposed major hydroelectric scheme on the Lower Kunene. The Committee is also charged with investigating and proposing an overall agreement on future water uses of the river, by considering the expected growth in water demand, and the establishment of a bi-national management entity to exercise the required control.

The Committee on the Kunene River Basin Master Plan is not yet fully operational as a consensus regarding the need for and objectives of a river basin master plan has yet to be reached between Angola and Namibia.

The PJTC is also working with international partners to develop the capacity of the organisation.

Currently the PJTC has two major projects which it oversees: 

  • The expansion of the Kunene Transboundary Water Supply Project which involves the rehabilitation of the Calueque Weir and the expansion of the water distribution network from northern Namibia into southern Angola. This project is managed by the Task Force Calueque (TFC), and is implemented by the Project Implementing Unit (PMU). The main objective is to bring purified water from Namibia to Ondjiva in Angola.
  • The Baynes Hydro Power Project which will serve to generate electricity for both Angola and Namibia. The techno-economic study and the environmental impact assessment for the hydro-power plant are expected to be completed by the end of 2010 and are overseen by the Baynes Committee. For the Bayne plant to operate most efficiently rehabilitation work on other infrastructure along the river is necessary and ongoing, particularly to ensure that the Gove Dam can carry out its Flow Regulating function as originally foreseen.




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