Namibia Infrastructure Report

Providing expert analysis, independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Infrastructure industry.

Report includes: BMI Industry View, Industry SWOT Analysis, BMI Industry Forecast, BMI's Infrastructure Risk Reward Index, Market Overview and Company Profiles.

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  • Understand the market through analysis of projects , investment plans and key players
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BMI View: The Namibian construction industry will remain in positive growth territory throughout our forecast period between 2017 and 2025, driven by substantial government expenditure into infrastructure development. The largest expansion will occur between 2017 and 2018, after which growth is expected to slow as major projects conclude and foreign investment into the sector remains small.

Forecast & Industry Developments

  • We continue to forecast 8.5% real growth in 2017 as the government directs substantial investment into infrastructure development. In focus are the transport and utilities sector in an effort to improve the overall ease of doing business in the country.

  • Industry growth is set to slow from 2019 as major projects come to a close and the government struggles to develop big-ticket projects in its energy sector, including gas infrastructure. The low commodity price and political indecision around the development of the sector are key deterrents to investors.

  • Growing private interest in Namibia's real estate sector, particularly in the coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay as popular tourist destinations, will be key to supporting industry growth over our forecast period.

  • We forecast an annual average growth rate of 5.4% in real terms over our full forecast period between 2017 and 2025. Nominal industry value is expected to rise from an estimated USD500mn in 2015 to USD1.1bn in 2025, keeping the market as one of the smallest in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Five-Year Forecast Scenario (Namibia 2017-2021)
2017f 2018f 2019f 2020f 2021f
f = BMI forecast. Source: BMI
Construction industry value, NADbn 9.31 10.59 11.69 12.84 14.07
Construction Industry Value, Real Growth, % y-o-y 8.52 8.25 5.32 4.82 4.60
Construction Industry Value, % of GDP 5.2 5.3 5.3 5.2 5.1

Risk/Reward Indices

  • Namibia continues to score 52.6 out of 100 this quarter in our Risk/Reward Index for SSA and now comes in first place out of the 18 markets covered, following a deterioration in former leader Botswana's performance.

  • Its Industry Rewards score is the highest in the region owing to substantial government spending on infrastructure. At 65.0, it is the highest in the region and well above the regional average of 41.1.

  • It scores least well for Country Rewards, a result of the country's underdeveloped banking sector, which makes infrastructure financing difficult to provide domestically.

Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index (Namibia 2016)
Geography Risk/Reward Index Rewards Industry Rewards Country Rewards Risks Industry Risks Country Risks
Source: BMI
Namibia 52.6 56.3 65.0 40.2 43.9 42.5 44.8
BMI Industry View
Table: Five-Year Forecast Scenario (Namibia 2016-2020)
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index (Namibia 2016)
Industry Forecast
Construction And Infrastructure Forecast Scenario
Table: 10-Year Forecast Scenario (Namibia 2016-2025)
Industry Risk Reward Ratings
Namibia - Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index
SSA Infrastructure RRI: Volatile Markets Highlight Regional Risks
Table: SSA RRI
Industry Forecast Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Risk/Reward Index Methodology
Sector-Specific Methodology
Table: Infrastructure Risk/Reward Index Indicators
Table: Weighting Of Indicators

The Namibia Infrastructure Report features BMI Research's market assessment and forecasts covering public procurement and spending on all major infrastructure and construction projects, including transportation and logistics by land, sea and air; power plants and utilities, and commercial construction and property development. The report analyses the impact of regulatory changes and the macroeconomic outlook and features competitive intelligence on contractors and suppliers.

BMI's Namibia Infrastructure Report provides industry professionals and strategists, sector analysts, investors, trade associations and regulatory bodies with independent forecasts and competitive intelligence on the Namibian infrastructure and construction industry.

Key Benefits

  • Benchmark BMI's independent infrastructure industry forecasts for Namibia to test other views - a key input for successful budgetary and planning in the Namibian infrastructure market.
  • Target business opportunities and risks in the Namibian infrastructure sector through our reviews of latest industry trends, regulatory changes and major deals, projects and investments in Namibia.
  • Assess the activities, strategy and market position of your competitors, partners and clients via our Company Profiles (inc. SWOTs, KPIs and latest activity).


BMI Industry View

Summary of BMI’s key industry forecasts, views and trend analysis covering infrastructure and construction, regulatory changes, major investments and projects and significant national and multinational company developments. These are broken down into construction (social, commercial and residential), transport (roads, railways, ports, airports, etc), and energy & utilities (powerplants, pipelines and so on).

Industry SWOT Analysis

Analysis of the major strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats within the infrastructure and construction sectors and within the broader political, economic and business environment.

BMI Industry Forecasts

Historic data series (up to 2012) and forecasts to end-2024 for all key industry indicators, supported by explicit assumptions, plus analysis of key developments in the market and risks to the main forecasts. Indicators include:

Construction: Industry value (USDbn); contribution to GDP (%); total capital investment (USDbn); real growth (%).

Construction industry real growth forecasts (%) and industry value (USDbn) forecasts for industry sectors are split into Residential and Non-residential and Infrastructure sectors. Where the data is available for particular countries the infrastructure is further broken down into indicators for the transport subsectors of roads, railways, airports and ports and the energy and utilities sub-sectors of power plants and transmission grids, oil & gas pipelines and water infrastructure. This dataset is unique to the market.

The reports also include analysis of latest projects across the infrastructure sectors (transport, utilities, commercial construction).

BMI’s Infrastructure Risk Reward Index

BMI’s Risk Reward Index provides investors (construction companies, suppliers and partners) looking for opportunities in the region with a clear country-comparative assessment of a market’s risks and potential rewards. Each of the country markets are scored using a sophisticated model that includes more than 40 industry, economic and  demographic data points. These provide indices of highest to lowest appeal to investors, with each position explained.

Market Overview

An assessment of the competitive landscape and key challenges to entering the market. Details of the largest companies active in the sector across the sub-segments of the industry, including the key financial figures from some of the largest players in the sector.

Company Profiles*

Examines the competitive positioning and short- to medium-term business strategies of key industry players. Strategy is examined within the context of BMI’s industry forecasts, our macroeconomic views and our understanding of the wider competitive landscape to generate company SWOT analyses. The latest financial and operating statistics and key company developments are also incorporated within the company profiles, enabling a full evaluation of recent company performance and future growth prospects.


The Infrastructure reports draw on an extensive network of primary sources, such as multilateral organisations, government departments, industry associations, chambers and company reports.

*Company profiles are not available for every country. Those reports instead contain information on the current activities of prominent companies operating in the market.