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Logistics And Transport Workshop In Namibia A Success

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by October 18, 2016 General

RUNDU, Oct 18 (Bernama) — The eighth annual Logistics and Transport Workshop held in Swakopmund, Namibia was a great success for future developments based on international and regional experiences, Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA) reported.

Held from Sept 28 to 30, the workshop was hosted by the Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) in cooperation with the Walvis-Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).

In a statement issued to Nampa on Monday, NGCL Director Logan Fransman said the two-day event attracted over 100 delegates, with participants from Government, parastatals, policy makers, planners, operators, and academics.

Speakers from Asian and European countries including Singapore, United Kingdom and Germany, and regional speakers from South Africa and Namibia delivered a total of 22 presentations.

The workshop was held under the theme “Namibian Gateway: An opportunity for trade with Africa.”

Topics such as the National Single Window Concept, the customs initiatives to facilitating trade, transport regulation and its importance for trade, and State of Logistics Publications as a tool to measure performance were covered.

Fransman said international organisations gave their view on distribution channels and their importance, as well as ways to develop a more structured road transport sector.

He noted that the workshop was vital, as 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.

“We are truly creating the international logistics hub that we aspire to be,” Fransman said.

The National Single Window Concept is the idea of standardising trade documents submitted by various parties of different sources to one office as regulator to fulfil an import, transit or export function while trading goods.

Namibia, through the WCG and TransKalahri Highway has the goal to become the port of entry for imported goods destined for landlocked neighbours such as Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia.

— BERNAMA

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