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NEW ERA | Standard Bank opens branch in Aussenkehr Page 10 SA trade minister wants country to move up the industrialisation ladder Page 11 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Staff Reporter Windhoek As part of its ongoing efforts to promote the Namibia Logistics Hub Project, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), conducted a Europe benchmarking and study tour late November. Engaging in business-to-business sessions with transport and logistics industries, the programme included visits to Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland. Head of delegation, Clive Smith, WBCG Logistics Hub Manager, is confident that this type of intervention would translate into the successful implementation of the logistics hub project for Namibia. “Initiatives such as these allow for the continuous sensitisation of markets and customers that we want to attract. WBCG and partners will continue to seek opportunities to promote Namibia’s transport and logistics sector and the corridors to the international markets through similar programmes,” he reiterated. The group comprised of Namibian officials directly involved in the implementation of the master plan, with the intended purpose of introducing them to international best practices in port operations, as well as the overall logistics systems employed by specifically Germany and the Netherlands, which are both recognized as top logistic nations. The mission came about through WBCG’s continued efforts of engaging development partners, specifically GIZ, to gain support for this programme. The week-long programme included workshops in Hamburg and Rotterdam that saw participants from both the public and private sectors of those countries joining the Namibian team. Ideas were shared on overall logistics and transport programmes and initiatives that focus both on infrastructure and capacity development. The programmes further included site visits to the ports of Hamburg and Rotterdam as well as selected transport and logistics operating companies. An information session, hosted by WBCG and Namport, was held in Antwerp where selected companies with business or interests into Southern Africa were invited. Namport and WBCG also Photo: Contributed Promoting Namibia … Clive Smith, WBCG Logistics Hub Manager (seated: right) and his delegation were recently in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland to promote Namibia as a logistics hub for the region. Namibia sells logistics hub project in Europe attended Intermodal Europe 2017 in Amsterdam. Intermodal Europe is the world-leading exhibition and conference for companies associated with the container and intermodal industries and covers all areas of container transport and logistics across road, rail and sea. The event provides an invaluable industry forum, bringing together highquality speakers and key exhibitors. The tour saw WBCG renewing its memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Southern African – Netherlands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SANEC), which would strengthen business and trade relations between Namibia and the Netherlands. According to Smith, the constant search for opportunities for Namibia, with the focus on the logistics hub project, remains a perpetual effort. “We are attracting business not only on our corridors for the neighbouring countries, but also to Namibia itself, focusing on sectors such as energy, agriculture, mining and manufacturing,” he stated. The Namibia Logistics Hub Project is co-ordinated by the National Planning Commission and Ministry of Works and Transport, with WBCG as the mandated implementing agency. Namibia Airports Company prepares for 2018 security audit Staff Reporter Windhoek In an effort to mitigate security concerns and thoroughly prepare for the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) security audit in 2018, the Namibia Airports Company (NAC) Limited participated in the Airport Excellence (APEX) in Security Programme recently. Namibia’s flagship airport, the Hosea Kutako International Airport (HKIA), last week hosted officials from the Airport Council International (ACI) APEX partners from the Airports Company South Africa, Office National Des Aeroports of Morocco, Airports of Mauritius Company, Dublin Airport Authority and Ghana Airports Company. The meeting, held from 11 to 15 December 2017, aimed to confirm commitment and declaration of ACI APEX Safety Peer-review Programme with the NAC. NAC Acting Chief Executive Officer, Lot Haifidi, said the exercise was an initiative of the board of directors, to get an outside view of their airport aviation security (AVSEC) organisation as well as to host an ACI APEX in safety in 2018. “This is the first of its kind to happen in Namibia for us to have such a team and we are highly grateful for their participation and subsequent recommendations that we need to address in order to improve the quality of our services. Their observation was an eye opener for us and we take their recommendations seriously and we are now mobilising financial and human resources to hit the ground running in addressing the issues,” Haifidi states. The experts called on NAC to streamline its operations to guidelines and policies to ensure compliance. “We need to be able to track and avoid incidents and when they happen, what do we do and how do we do it. We need to change our security culture at the airport as well so that everyone of our stakeholder has the responsibility to ensure safety and security at all times. This is not really about the ICAO Audit but also more about improving our operations and aligning how we do things per international expectations,” explained Haifidi. Upon request from the host airport, APEX can provide a security review of any safety area, which usually includes a wide range of security key areas and tailored to the host airport’s environment and needs. The review would also be tailored to the regulatory environment, depending on the areas for which the airport has responsibility. One of the benefits for HKIA, as the host airport, from the programme is enhanced level of security through increased knowledge of ICAO guidance, national regulatory standards, best practices and training needs/options. The airport also benefits thorough understanding of its own security performance, identifies areas for improved efficiency and better use of resources, allows access to a pool of expertise, facilitating the mitigation of any security gaps as required by its specific operating environment and Initiates a cycle of continuous improvement. NAC stakeholders such as the airlines, Namibian Police Force, immigration, customs and excise, and ground handlers, among others, attended the meeting. NAC is preparing to host an ACI APEX in Safety Peer-review Programme next year. Send money with our mobile app using EasyWallet 1. Launch the app on your device 2. Select Payments 3. Select EasyWallet 4. Select Recipient 5. Select Send money 6. Follow the easy on screen prompts Download the Mobile App today Terms and Conditions apply

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