India-Namibia to strengthen logistical ties
The bilateral relations between Namibia and India will continue to strengthen as the two countries anticipate the official launch of the India Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (INCCI) early January 2017.
Pooven Moodley, Executive Director for the INCCI recently, said the Chamber will allow for the synchronization between the two countries operations and logistics system.
A Trade Delegation from India will visit Namibia during November and Moodley said that this idea was aggressively motivated and promoted by the Indian High Commissioner to Namibia, Kumar Tuhin.
Moodley said the chamber will temporarily be stationed at the Indian High Commission, in Namibia and will then continue to promote branch offices in the regions.
According to Moodley the INCCI concept embodies harmonization of trade, the facilitation of business and tourism and was created to foster links between India and Namibia.
“We would like to twin the city of Walvis Bay and Mumbai, allowing the two Ports to become sister ports for the future and we will request the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) to assist these two Ports to reach their full potential.,” Moodley added.
Furthermore he said that there are unique opportunities within the Transshipment Industry, including Dry Ports since Walvis Bay is the ideal hub for this activity to and from South America, India and West Africa.
“Here we will assist smaller Importers and Exporters, to take advantage of the Groupage Less than Container Loads (LCL),” he said. He added that this initiative is necessary to help businesses, both private and public to gain optimum information and value for money whilst taking the quality of both the service and the product into consideration.
According to Moodley, the Chamber will also seek to promote an alliance between Air Namibia and Air India with preferential rates for Cargo and Passenger Traffic.
“In addition, the inception of the Build-Together-Project with a Buy Namibia – Buy India concept with two way trade patterns and strong links between the Namibia Trade Forum and India Trade Links. This is exhilarating and ground-breaking as both economies can greatly benefit from this arrangement,” he said.