Paving the road for logistics sector

NUST’s Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL), hosted its second Big Data Initiative, which brought together key stakeholders from academia, industry and policy-makers.

The meeting enabled the attendants to deliberate on the roadmap for supply chain performance, as well as the productivity and competitiveness of businesses in the logistics and transport sector.Since March 2016, the NGCL engaged various stakeholders, both from the private and public sector, on how an unprecedented volume of data can better be captured, stored and processed.The knowledge gleaned from big data sets can thus, be tapped and applied to benefit logistics companies, government, communities and individuals.

This year’s gathering aimed to further engage stakeholders in in-depth dialogue on how the increased use of analytics and technology can contribute towards the drive for Namibia to become a logistics hub for the region.Walvis Bay, in particular, has been identified to become the logistics hub for Southern Africa due to the rapid growth in cargo volumes along the Walvis Bay Corridor.

Johny Smith, the Chief Executive Officer of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), highlighted the various work that has been done to ensure that this goal, that also forms part of the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4), is realised.The NGCL’s mandate is to provide logistics skills that the industry needs to realise its full potential.

Prof Harold Campbell, the Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, emphasised the importance of innovation and said that this Initiative is one of the many activities the University is engaged in that are set to make a difference in the Namibian economy

Date: 
Friday, May 26, 2017
for Month: 
May, 2017

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