Corridor Group in Lusaka
The session was addressed by the First Secretary of the High Commission of Namibia to Zambia, Ms. Michelle Farmer, as well as by the Chief Executive Officer of the Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce, Ms. Prisca Chikwashi and and an official of the Zambian Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry, Mr Sunday Chikoti.
Speakers from the WBCG, the port of Walvis Bay and Barrick Lumwana Mine reflected on the latest developments and experiences of utilising the corridor. Many stakeholders attending the information session included business people such as road hauliers, freight forwarders; importers and exporters and government agencies. Among the benefits of utilising the corridor, were noted the short transit time from Walvis Bay to Lusaka, about 3 to 4 days, the safety and security of moving cargo along this corridor, the fast turnaround time at the port and the efficiency of utilising the corridor as a viable alternative trade route especially for cargo from the Middle East and Far East.
The Corridor Group said Zambian importers and exporters benefit even more through the dry port facility at Walvis Bay, that has been established to strengthen trade with Zambia through the port by using this facility as an entry and exit point.
“Namibia’s role as a gateway to Zambia and the rest of SADC has become more prominent and has created more interest from the regional as well as the international market and with more direct shipping calls to Walvis Bay, high efficiencies, short transit times and strategic partnerships, the Walvis Bay Corridor routes are in a robust position to connect the SADC market to the rest of the world”, said Corridor Group CEO, Johny Smith.
The Walvis Bay Corridor Group has opened a branch office in Lusaka in 2005 to focus on establishing and maintaining key business relationships with the transport community to enhance the utilisation of both the corridor and the Walvis Bay port.