Walvis Bay congratulates Namport
The Mayor of Walvis Bay, Councillor Uilika Nambahu has congratulated the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) on taking top honours at the African Ports Evolution Forum held in Cape Town, South Africa last week.
The Walvis Bay Port was named winner of the ‘Port Excellence Award’ for 2013, at the award ceremony which took place on 26 and 27 August. Namport’s Manager of Marketing and Sales, Elias Mwenyo, received the award on behalf of the company.
Other nominees in this category were Transnet National Ports Authority for the Port of Durban, MPDC for the Port of Maputo and Kenya Ports Authority for the Port of Mombasa.
Speaking at the town’s monthly ordinary council meeting on Tuesday, Nambahu said this sterling achievement is not just a great source of pride for the staff and management of Namibia Ports Authority but a great source of pride to all Namibians and especially the residents of the Port City of Walvis Bay.
She said an award such as the African Ports Evolution Excellence 2013 has great potential to generate additional interest and business through the Walvis Bay port with great spillover of new business for Walvis Bay through products and services rendered or supplied by local businesses.
The award was given to Namport in recognition of its efforts to develop the most efficient port, in terms of productivity, infrastructure, connectivity and ease of transport, over the period of a year from August 2012 to end of July 2013.
Nambahu further said, it is selfless endeavours that help and complement all the marketing and promotional efforts towards the attraction of investment into Walvis Bay and its objective to make the Port City of Walvis Bay a preferred port for leisure and business and to become a great, effective and efficient industrial and logistics hub for all major global markets connecting to the Southern African Development Community.
“I feel deeply proud upon hearing the announcement that one of our important stakeholders and partners for the development of our city, Namport has won an African Ports Evolution Excellence Award 2013 in Cape Town,” she added.
Liz Sibindi, Manager Corporate Communication at Namport said the award came at a time that Namport is preparing to accommodate the exponential growth of imports and exports scheduled to pass through African Ports and is a demonstration that Namport is working towards its vision of being the best performing Port in Africa.
She said, Namport happened to surpassed the requirements of the criteria set to win this awards and did well in terms of excellence, competing against other ports in South Africa, Kenya and Maputo.
“We are honoured to have won this award,” she said.