First State of Logistics Report launched

Namibia has joined a relatively exclusive group of countries that have established a national assessment of its logistics sector, through the launch of the first edition of the State of Logistics Report. The work was commissioned by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), with the support of Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and NUST’s Namibian-German Centre for Logistics (NGCL).

The Report contains statistics and insights that will not only help transport and logistics stakeholders recalibrate their business strategies, but will also help guide decisions on the implementation of the Logistics Hub Master Plan. The Plan outlines various areas with the potential to enable Namibia to position itself as a logistics hub or distribution centre.

One of the key highlights of the Report is that, of the approximately eight countries that use the Port of Walvis Bay for imports and exports, Zambia is the dominant market for transit cargo. It accounted for 51.8 percent of all inbound transit cargo via the Port in 2017, up from 47.9 percent in the previous year. Similarly, Zambian exports comprising mostly copper and wooden products accounted for 85.7 percent of total outbound transit cargo by volume (metric tons), up from 72.5 perecent in 2016.

Namibia is determined to become a logistics hub for the SADC region by 2025, and looking ahead, the Report states that a number of developments are likely to determine this outcome. These include, the completion and commissioning of the South Port Development Project at Walvis Bay, as well as the implementation of the Namibia-Botswana cross-border railway cooperation.The Report is available on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/stateoflogsNAM/

Alternatively you may request a copy via email, ngcl@nust.na

Date: 
Friday, March 15, 2019
for Month: 
March, 2019

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