Kavango West Governor, Sirkka Ausiku, has welcomed the re-opening of the Oshikango-Santa Clara and Katwitwi borders, stating that they play a major role in the informal trade sector between Namibia and Angola. Nampa reports that on Monday the governments of the two countries agreed to open the borders on 01 February this year, while the remaining border posts will be reopened on 15 February. The borders were closed since 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, resulting in reduced trade and significant socio-economic hardship in both countries.