The Economic Association of Namibia (EAN) in collaboration with the Hanns Seidel Foundation held it's first State -Owned Enterprise (SOE) series on the Namport Report Launch, which took place on the 26 March 2019 at the House of Democracy in Windhoek.
Opening remarks were made by Mr. Cons Karamata, the Programme Manager at the Economic Association of Namibia, who then handed over to Mr. Rainer Ritter, an independent researcher and consultant at the EAN.
Ritter introduced the research findings on Namport and highlighted that there are major investments in infrastructure surrounding logistics, such as the new container terminal, the new fuel storage facility, the railway from Walvis Bay to Kranzberg, the asphalt road upgrade from Walvisbay to Swakopmund , the dual highway between Windhoek and Okahandja and the new high-way to the Hosea Kutako International Airport , to name a few. Most revenue generating avenues in Namibia are centred around logistics hubs. Ritter further detailed the implications of the desired outcomes as Namibia’s ambitions of becoming a logistics hub may be over ambitious and should be reassessed.
This was followed by a question and answer session through which a representative from Namport, Mr. Kavin Harry, a representative from the Ministry of Finance- Mr. Bill Fraser and a representative from Walvis Corridor Group -Clive Smith commented on the research findings.
Closing remarks were made by Ms. Emily Kandanga, the Project officer at the Hanns Seidel Foundation.