Through an agreement between NUST and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), NGCL was tasked to roll-out SoLR for Namibia, which is a review of the country’s state of logistics. It focuses on facilities, transportation, inventory, materials, order fulfilment, communications, service providers, and information management that potentially captures, as accurately as possible, the logistics and supply chain performance.
The meeting took a World Café Methodology approach, to encourage discussion and the emergence of focus-driven solutions.
The method entails a structured conversational process in which groups of people discuss a topic at different tables, with individuals switching tables periodically to gain a holistic sense of the different topics. Some of the main issues explored in the conversations included the quality of existing data and how it can be improved, exploring the opportunities that currently exist to improve performance measurement across supply chain processes, as well as analysing how data is shared across organisational boundaries.
There is a growing interest globally in measuring and tracking logistics performance. Some antecedents include the Annual Sate of Logistics Report (USA), published by the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals since 1988, and The Logistics Barometer South Africa, (formerly the State of Logistics Surveys for South Africa), published since 2004, amongst others.
Namibia’s SoLR follows in the footsteps of this tradition and it cannot be overemphasized that logistics and supply chain performance measurement is a critical tool for purposes of informing macro-economic policy and investment decisions.
The meeting brought together decision-makers and experts from the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), GIZ, Gesellschaft mit beschränkter Haftung (GmbH), the Japanese International Development Cooperation, and NUST staff.