Beware the festive season

Logan Fransman, Director of the Namibian German Centre for Logistics 

has written a column about the need to think about logistics and transportation during the festive season. Especially with all the parties taking place. Both NGCL and DAAD work to promote road and general transportation safety in Namibia together with their stakeholders. The newspaper, New Era and online publication The Economist have already published the column. Have a read of it and share it. It certainly is good advice.

Each year it is upon us before we know. The festive season, spreading cheer, thinking about the holidays, seeing the family and hopefully getting away from the stifling heat. But, not before we have run the gauntlet of the ‘office parties’, end of year functions and social get-together’s. Dressing up, stuffing our faces, dancing and there may be an open bar. That’s right, the open bar. Sounds like a great idea, but it is not without its pitfalls.

It’s been a long year and the office party seems like the perfect place to let your hair down and party with people you spend every day with. The first challenge starts before you have even left the house or the office. How do we get to the office party, or dinner. Usually held at one of Namibia’s upscale hotels, restaurants or party hot-spots. Getting to the venue boils down to nothing more than logistics. This is also where the potential issues may arise. We all like to relax and let off some steam. A beer, a wine or a fancy cocktail often helps us along. But, how do we get home when we know we’ve been drinking?

Anything more than one or two drinks can cause big problems, from making inappropriate remarks, to some truly awful dancing, but much worse is thinking we still have the ability to drive home safely. Alcohol is often to blame for this as it gives us false courage and makes us bold. We all know about the horrendous death toll on Namibia’s road. The number of fatalities only increases around the Christmas season and especially at night after an office party, or end of year dinner.

Logistics really is about moving goods from A to B and in reality you, your passengers and other road users are also ‘goods’ and deserve to arrive safely. That is why safety is such an important aspect of logistics. The logistics sector cannot flourish if it is not done safely. This doesn’t even take into account my personal desire, but also of all Namibians to see the number or road deaths drastically reduced. It is a very depressing statistic to know that Namibia leads the world in road fatalities.

Of course, this is a worst case scenario and lots of people believe they can still drink and drive, it’s always other people that have trouble drinking and driving. Usually there are no issues and you arrive home, drunk and ready for bed. Happy the next morning to see that your car is safely in the driveway. However, take a minute to think of the people that don’t arrive safely, or ever again. The family, spouses, friends and your office workers who now have to deal with the knowledge that you will never come back again, or sit in that office chair. Even worse, you may have caused the accident and be the reason someone else never comes home again. This leaves you with much more than a hangover after the party.

Moderation sounds boring, but there’s a reason why the saying, ‘Everything in moderation’ makes so much sense. So, with the next office party, let someone else take care of the logistics; get a taxi, designated driver, book a room in the hotel where the party is or have someone pick you up. There’s a myriad of choices all infinitely better than drinking and driving. Enjoy the party and have someone else worry about the logistics.

 


Congratulations to University of Oldenburg and Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology!

Congratulations to University of Oldenburg and Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology!

DAAD and IUCEA jointly launched a call for tender for a “Centre of Excellence in ICT in East Afrika” for the establishment of a master’s programme in Embedded and Mobile Systems on June 1st, 2017. Applications from four EAC member states in cooperation with universities in Germany had been submitted. A selection committee, formed by experts from Africa and Germany, considered the application of Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology in cooperation with University of Oldenburg the most promising concept, and approved therefore the support of this project.

The Centre of Excellence shall contribute to reinforcing the teaching and learning capabilities of East African universities in ICT-related fields. It will also foster linkages between universities, the private and public sector as well as civil society. As a result of the cooperation of these stakeholders, employability, employment and entrepreneurship will be strengthened in East Africa.

The heart of the Centre will be a state-of-the-art master programme in “Embedded and Mobile Systems”. The linkage to industry ensures a strong focus on technology transfer, innovation and entrepreneurship. The master programme will be established at Nelson Mandela African Institute for Science and Technology in Arusha, Tanzania.

 

NGCL successfully hosts 9th Annual Logistics and Transport workshop in Walvis Bay

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Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) together with its partners and sponsors successfully hosted its 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop in Walvis Bay. The three-day workshop themed: Namibian Logistics Hub: An opportunity for growth took place from 4th-6th October. It attracted over 80 delegates from across the country and the region and welcomed numerous experts  from logistics and transport sectors as well as Government, industry and academia.

The opening ceremony was graced by the Japanese Ambassador to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto, who showed Japan’s commitment to providing expertise to the country’s logistics and transport development. Namibia’s Ministry of Works and Transport showed their support for the workshop and the platform given to the Transport & Logistics industry during these sessions in Walvis Bay. The Ministry emphasised that capacity building is the cornerstone of growing the economy and the nation as a whole.

The workshop had a blend of local and international speakers that shared their experiences, case studies, best practises and they highlighted some opportunities for growth that comes with a logistics hub vision. Topics like “How Corridors are established, and the Importance of geographic analytics to supply chains” were hot topics for discussion. Another highlight of the workshop was a presentation on the priorities for Namibia to grab opportunities through the Logistics Master Plan implementation. New topics like financing options for transport and logistics gave real insight and perspectives and updated the delegates on the status of the country in terms of leverage and financial outlooks.  The delegates were able to have frank and open discussions with technical experts and business developers on the growth expected. But, also what still needs to be done before the country can boast of being a world-class supply chain facilitator.

The workshop was well attended by students from different levels of studies that ensure capacity continues among the future graduates and workforce in the logistics sector. A poster competition for researching students featured during the event to give delegates some perspectives on the research activities of students in the country.

Local development updates on the Walvis Bay Port expansion and customs and excise initiatives updated the delegates on the dynamic developments that Namibia is undergoing. The workshop took the delegates on a tour of the Port. The successful workshop concluded with a spectacular gala evening. The gala evening featured Mr. Johny Smith, the CEO of the Walvis-bay Corridor Group, who gave a rousing speech on thinking ahead and tips on ensuring growth in the future.

The workshop concluded with training seminars on the third day, on relevant topics like Procurement and Purchasing, Warehousing and Stock Management and a Customs and Excise Information Sessions. These seminars add an extra dimension to the workshop and really add value by providing learning and professional development options for delegates.

Logan Fransman, Director of the NGCL said; “The workshop is a great platform as it shares trends, knowledge and information in logistics, transportation and supply chain management. The fact that we had a full house of delegates during these trying economic times demonstrates what an important fixture the Transport & Logistics Workshop is each year. Having our important partners and sponsors on board like DAAD – The German Academic Exchange Service, Development Bank Namibia, Southern Business School Namibia (SBS Namibia), Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) and Namibia Breweries Limited made the workshop an even greater success.”

The mission of the NGCL is to contribute to the economic development of Namibia and the region by providing the expertise and strategies that promote and further logistics. Next year will see the 10th Annual Workshop take place and judging on previous workshops, this will be even better, bigger and all-inclusive when it comes to the Namibian and regional Logistics and Transportation sector.

 

 

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The Centres of African Excellence programme welcomes two new centres in West Africa!!!

Following a journey of Chancellor Angela Merkel to West Africa in 2016, the DAAD was mandated by the German Government to support the establishment of two new Centres of Excellence. The Centres shall contribute to the mitigation of increasing economic hardship and a widespread lack of prospects for much of the population in West Africa, which affect the region in a crucial way, additionally to political instability, conflicts, and wars.

Through intraregional cooperation and institution building in higher education the new Centres aim to contribute to the creation of long-term prospects to fight the structural causes of flight and migration.

The call of tender published by the end of June 2017 specifically envisaged the strategic integration of Partner universities from Mali and Niger into the Centres, as the main migration routes pass through these countries to the Sahara and then on to the Mediterranean coast.

DAAD appointed a commission of German and African professors and experts to select the new Centres among the proposals submitted by German-African University Partnerships.

On August, 19th, the commission selected the University of Bonn in cooperation with the University for Development Studies in Ghana to establish a Centre of Excellence focusing on Sustainable Rural Transformation. The Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger will be part of the triangular cooperation project.

The second Centre will be established by the partners from Kehl University of Applied Sciences and CESAG Business School in Senegal. Focusing on Governance for Sustainable and Integrative Local Development, the Centre will also cooperate with Université Abdou Moumouni in Niamey, Niger and additionally with Université des Sciences Juridiques et Politiques de Bamako, Mali.

Both projects plan the establishment of Master’s and PhD-courses starting in the second half of 2018.

By establishing two Centres of Excellence at universities in West African countries, the DAAD seeks to create practice-oriented and sustainable educational opportunities that offer competitive training opportunities for young people at a local level in this region heavily affected by flight and migration. Funded by the German Federal Foreign Office, the Centres will be integrated into the overall African Excellence Programme line of DAAD. Both Centres will be encouraged to engage in networking and exchange with the existing Centres of Excellence to strengthen interregional networking and exchange.

 

NGCL widely featured in Transport & Logistics supplement of The Namibian

Every year The Namibian newspaper, the most widely read newspaper in Namibia, produces a supplement on Transport and Logistics. NGCL has been a contributer to this supplement as this is our field of expertise. Through collaboration and input from Namibia University of Science and Technology as well as DAAD, we were able to have four articles penned by the Director, Logan Fransman, published in the supplement.  These articles give great insight into the sector of Logistics in Namibia as well as regionally.

We wanted to share the supplement with our readers.Click the link for the supplement

Happy reading and do not hesitate in contacting Logan Fransman if there are any questions or queries.

You can reach him on:

Tel: +264 (0)61 207 2909 or E-mail: lfransman@nust.na

 

NGCL 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop welcomes sponsors aboard

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The Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) will host its 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop in Walvis Bay. It will do so in collaboration with its industry-partners, many who have already signed up as sponsors for this annual event. The two-day workshop, with a third day of training seminars takes place from 4th-6th October, 2017. The theme for this year’s workshop is; Namibia as an Logistics Hub: An Opportunity

The close cooperation and sponsorship by industry-leading organisations and academic institutes have seen the workshop flourish year on year. It is therefore also an eagerly anticipated event within the Transport and Logistics Industry as well as beyond. Sponsors like DAAD – The German Academic Exchange Service, Development Bank Namibia, Southern Business School Namibia (SBS Namibia), Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) and Namibia Breweries Limited are just some of the organisations that will make this year’s workshop a success.

Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), DAAD and SBS Namibia not only help make the workshop happen through financial and ‘in-kind’ sponsorship, but they also are knowledge partners and bring essential and sector-relevant input into the workshop sessions. WBCG’s CEO, Johny Smith will deliver the keynote address and a case study of the group will also be presented during the workshop.  Delivering and sharing high calibre logistics success stories, best practices and seminars. These organisations are joined by expert participants from the logistics and transport sector, government, industry, as well as academia and logistics students.

The theme this year focuses on the opportunity the Namibian logistics hub provides. The development surrounding the logistics hub is receiving attention from government, policy makers and planners to drive the attraction of international investors and organisations. The theme will highlight the developments within the country and looks at opportunities for future trade. It will include sharing and implementation of best practices as well as systems and case studies within the logistics and transport industry.

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Key topics that will be covered during the two-day event include:

DAY ONE:

  • Customs and Excise and its promotion within the logistics hub
  • Future of transport in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Investment and Financing opportunities for the sector

DAY 2:

  • The role of private sector in promoting port development
  • Supply Chain Visualisations and Freight Forwarder Challenges

Logan Fransman, Director of the NGCL said; “This is our 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop and we couldn’t be prouder of having these great sponsors support us and the vitally important Transportation and Logistics sector through this Workshop.  The Government of Namibia identified logistics and transport sector as critical to the development of all sectors of the economy and our theme this year; Namibia as a Logistics Hub: An Opportunity will stimulate further development in this sector and boost growth and ultimately the economy.”

 The two day workshop takes place in Walvis Bay’s Protea Hotel, Pelican Bay from October 4-6th, 2017. To attend the workshops please contact: Mercelyne Maletzky, 061 2072909 or e-mail mmaletzky@nust.na

Alternatively, follow this link: http://www.centreforlogistics.org/

 

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CEMEREM – image video online available for the “Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management”

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“Vor der Schippe ist es duster!”, is a German miners saying, meaning “It’s dark in front of the shovel.”
We have put some light there and now the image video of the centre is ready to be presented.

 

After some changes in the hosting of the DAADs website, finally the new image video of the Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management is also ready to be implemented in your website.

As with the videos before, follow these steps:

  1. go to http://www.zazudesign.de/die-schwarzwald-werbeagentur/embed-video/ and copy the code, after you have chosen the centre in the drop down menu
  2. paste the code in the HTML-code of you website
  3. Done!

The videos maximum width is 640 pixel. Up to this size it will adjust automatically to different screen sizes (smart phone, laptop). You can choose between the original version in English, with English subtitles and with German subtitles.

 

If you need the video for a live presentation, please contact Sylvia Vogt or Dr. Dorothee Weyler in Bonn .They have different versions available for bigger screens and beamer.

 

For any questions, just send me a mail:

thomas.hezel@zazudesign.de

 

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NGCL Director gives his vision of the role of Logistics in achieving Namibia’s National Development Plan

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Transportation and Logistics essential to achieving NDP 5 goals of Namibia

As Director of Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) here in Namibia, I am tasked with promoting and highlighting the Importance of our sector. I was therefore very pleased to see that Transport and Logistics is included in the National Development Plan 5 (NDP 5), just like it had in the previous Development Plans.

The logistics sector is essential for trade, industrialization, socio-economic development and regional

integration and is therefore seen as a key developmental priority. The sector has been fortunate in the sense that the Government is very aware of how critical it is and has invested over the  past 20 years in transport infrastructure development (roads, rail, maritime ports, and aviation). These investments have enabled Namibia to position itself as a logistics hub within the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). These investments are also one of the reasons that DAAD together with the Namibia University for Science and Technology established NGCL as a Centre of expertise and excellence in the field of logistics.

Namibia has been consistently improving its position on the Global Competitiveness Index, moving to 24 out of 138 countries in 2016/2017. With investments, increased expertise and professionalisation of the Logistics and Transportation sector our country can improve its competitiveness even further. This will allow the sector to enhance industrial development and contribute substantially to the GDP. It is easier said than done, as the low hanging fruit and quick wins in the sector have all been tackled. We are now looking at a much more  holistic and integrated approach to transport planning,  as well as the handling of goods, transporting of people and providing services.  This needs to fall within the parameters and the framework of the Transport Master Plan and Master Plan of an International Logistics Hub for SADC Countries.

It all sounds rather grand, but it is essential to be able to achieve these goals and look to 2022 and beyond, to remain competitive. If we as a nation and as a sector can achieve this through partnerships and investments, we will be able to improve targets in;  agriculture, mining, manufacturing, fisheries, rural and urban development and tourism. We therefore need to work together to create a sustainable transport system supporting a world-class logistics hub connecting SADC to international markets by 2022. This means tackling some very basic issues, that require a great deal of focus and attention as well as huge continued investment. Something which will be a real challenge in the present economic climate of Namibia.

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Access to financial resources for our sector, as for every sector in Namibia remains a problem. This causes delays and inadequate funding for development of transport infrastructure, inadequate skills and imbalance between the development and preservation of infrastructure. Knowledge transference and development of technical skills such as NGCL and NUST offer need to be complemented by private and public enterprises opening their doors to allow new transport and logistics graduates to learn and flourish within this exciting and growing sector. Without these opportunities the growth, development and ultimately the sustainability of the sector will suffer.  If these challenges are met head-on and invested in we can be sure that by  2022 Namibia will have a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable transport infrastructure, a world-class logistic hub connecting SADC to international markets. One that will be the envy of the region and the engine to our economy.

One final thought with regards to transport and logistics in this country is the pledge by Government to reduce the number of road deaths on our roads. As we know, it is pure carnage on our very empty roads and the statistics don’t lie. Should we want to be the logistics hub of SADC, it will need to start with road safety at its very core. Without this, everything else we try to do will be in vain.

 

Should these and other aspects of Logistics interest you, do join us at the 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop from October 4th-6th in Walvis Bay, Namibia.

Experts, researchers and sector professionals as well as students will all congregate to discuss a myriad of topics regarding Logistics in the SADC region.  Together with many sponsors and co-hosts it is a must-attend event for Logistics and Transport Professionals.

Register here:

DAAD Network Meeting 2017 in Kenya – Video online

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Is the attention span of an academic longer than the regular internet attention span of some seconds?

I said yes, and here comes a video of 12 minutes length. Claus Pakleppa summing up, what took place at the Network Meeting 2017 in Kenya.

The video is available as a HD version for larger presentations on TV screens and bigger computer monitors from Dr. Dorothee Weyler.

For the implementation in your own website or any other web presentation you can use the embedding code that you will find here:

http://www.zazudesign.de/die-schwarzwald-werbeagentur/embed-video/

Go at “Wählen Sie hier!” to the last entry then copy and paste the code from the zazudesign website in your HTML source code of your web presentation and –  done!

note:
This blog software is omitting code in the form of iframes, so here it doesn’t work.

 

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