Namibia Defence Forces get logistic upgrade
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, Defence Minister Charles Namoloh said the system would help the ministry to organise and manage resources better. “With the system in place, information will be communicated better and time to take decisions and ordering of resources will be shortened,” he said, adding that this would not only bring efficiency and effectiveness in resource management but also improve security. Namoloh said the main objective of the integrated logistic system is to increase visibility of the operational status of the available equipment, spares and suppliers. The integrated logical system was developed within a short time, German Ambassador to Namibia Wolfgang Massing said. It was in 2003 that the project management team was created and inaugurated in 2005, he said, adding that the logistic system was fully computerised last year and its viability tested. Massing said so far 60 work stations and one data centre had been installed and the aim was to connect the whole Namibia Defence Force (NDF) by the end of 2008. “The advantages of such a computerised logistic system are obvious as the system will facilitate fast and reliable information and will allow an instant overview of all materials, equipment and their operational status in a secure data environment,” he said. The German Ambassador said his government has granted equipment aid to the NDF totalling N$90 million and last year the programme was extended to 2008 and additional equipment of N$28 million would be made available. The integrated logistic system was developed by a German software company, Software Application Product (SAP).