Logistics workshop successful
The workshop was a great success with more than 80 delegates attending, presenting and participating and educational discussions and workshops. According to Neville Mbai, Director of the NGCL, “This Workshop is a forum for discussing progress and future developments based on international and regional experiences. This four day workshop gave the sector a platform and is at the forefront of development of Transport and Logistics.”
The workshop was organized by the Namibian-German Institute for Logistics (NGIL) in conjunction with the National Road Safety Council and it was the sixth time that this event had taken place.
Local Specialists such as Professor Chris Savage and Ambrosius Tierspoor covered a wide range of topics during the workshop.
The event covered the various case studies and discussions were held on best practices with a view to improve Logistics and Transportation proposition by managing supply chain risk from a Southern African perspective. Deputy-Minister of Works and Transport, Kilus Nguvauva applauded the efforts of the NGIL and the work already done to develop this fundamental sector of the Namibian economy.
He said, “A viable road infrastructure as well as an extensive well-operated and safe railway can and will allow Namibia to further develop as a regional hub in logistics.
The economic development of Namibia and the region will be essential to our growth and prosperity, allowing our nation to flourish.” Annegret Al-Janabi the Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the German Embassy said that the workshops and others like it in regional centres around Africa will stimulate the industry and help it to improve performance through better service, professional management, target and client-oriented development, and further education of professionals in the industry and relevant authorities. “In fact with the financial assistance and know-how of Germany, together Namibia is building one of the centres of ‘African Excellence’, which will produce growth and prosperity in the region as well as for Germany,” she added. The representative of DAAD, Dr. Corinna Haeger said, “Namibia is an outstanding location for logistic problem-solving with its position between the coastal region of southern Africa and the countries of inner Africa.
This cooperation project, with the various stakeholders involved, has proven to be a huge success and it has brought both countries, Namibia and Germany, closer, and Namibia one step further to achieving its set goals as laid out in the Namibian Vision 2030. Logistics, plays a key role in the continuing economic development of southern Africa.”