The 8th Annual logistics and transport workshop, was recently held and was hosted by the Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL), in cooperation with the Walvis-Bay Corridor Group (WBCG). The workshop in Swakopmund once again attracted over 100 delegates, with participants from government, parastatals, policy makers and planners, operators, and academics making it a truly logistics focused and specialised event. All the stakeholders contributed to the overall theme of the workshop; “Namibian Gateway: An opportunity for trade with Africa” .

The two day workshop hosted presentations by 22 speakers from Singapore, United Kingdom, Germany, as well as regional speakers from South Africa and Namibia of course. The event’s keynote was delivered by the Hon. Deputy Minister, Lucia Iipumbu, her presence clearly demonstrating the ministry of national and economic planning’s commitment to events focused on logistics.

The theme: Namibian Gateway: An opportunity for trade with Africa, covered a host of topics including the National Single Window Concept, the customs initiatives to facilitating trade, Transport regulation and its importance for trade, and State of Logistics Publications as tool to measure performance. International organisations gave their view on distribution channels and their importance, as well as ways to develop a more structured road transport sector. All modes of transport were represented at the workshop, with the Walvis-bay port giving an update of its on-going expansion, and the aviation and rail sectors shedding light on the future plans and initiatives geared towards the Namibian Logistics hub.

“The workshop is vital because it shares trends, knowledge and information in logistics, transportation and supply chain management. If we truly want to advertise and position Namibia as the Gateway for trade with Africa, it is essential that we absorb and implement best practises and knowledge from around the world. Hosting the workshop for the 8th time makes this a permanent and not to miss fixture in the Logistics sector calendar and with more and more overseas participants, we are truly creating the international logistics hub that we aspire to be.” Logan Fransman, Director of NGCL said.

The workshop was made successful by sponsors like Walvis-bay Corridor Group (WBCG), Southern Business School, NAMPORT, NUST Flensburg University of applied Science to name a few. These sponsors contributed either in monetary

Logistics workshop Swakopmund 2016
Logistics workshop Swakopmund 2016

terms or through providing speakers for the workshop. The event was closed with the gala event, with Mr. Bisey Uirab, CEO of Namport, as host and her Excellency Jo Lomas, British High Commissioner, giving special remarks on the possibilities for trade and business between Namibia and Britain post Brexit.  Mr. Johny Smith, CEO of  WBCG the gave a keynote to close the event and invited all to join in marketing Namibia as the Gateway for trade with Africa.