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Private sector associations strengthen ties

 Elize Fahl, chairperson of the Namibia Employers Federation and Willie du Toit, chairperson of the Namibia Logistics Association signed the memorandum of understanding which will help promote better cooperation and strengthen the work of the two organisations. (Photograph by Lorato Khobetsi)The Namibia Logistics Association and the Namibian Employers’ Federation this week signed a memorandum of understanding which will enable the two organisations to collaborate in seeking funding for the training of their members in business management, labour administration, trade development and logistical facilitation.
The MoU will also enable the two organisations to build the capacity of their members through workshops and seminars on issues of common interests.
“We the Namibian Employers’ Federation and the Namibia Logistics Association believes that by consolidating our efforts, we will be able to bring greater forces together to combat the crisis of unemployment and working together we will be able to create more jobs,” said Elize Fahl, chairperson of the Namibia Employers Federation.
She said the two organisations will now be able to jointly address issues and address matters with the relevant Ministries with greater support and effect.
“Logistics play a vital role in today’s economy, especially in a country such as ours where we play a critical regional role feeding our landlocked neighbours. We hope that together the Namibian Employers’ Federation and the Namibia Logistics Association with our other partner the Namibia Manufacture Association, we might be able to bring stronger influence to streamline border controls and shorten transit times,” she said.
Also speaking at the signing ceremony, Willie du Toit, chairperson of the Namibia Logistics Association, said that the signing of the memorandum was a big achievement.
“Logistics is indeed the blood that sustains trade in the vein of the trade routes in Southern and Central Africa  with our Port of Walvis Bay gaining market share as port of preference for many countries in the region,” he said.
According to du Toit, as people make or break any industry, there is much value in his organisation having an official alliance with the Namibia Employers Federation to collectively improve labour relations and develop the human capital of the logistics industry in particular, and the country in general.
“It is one of the most important objectives of the association to improve the skills of the people in our industry through proper training. The NLA therefore launched its driving development programme last year which is aimed through continuous training to improve the skills of existing drivers and also train and develop newcomers to the industry,” he said.

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