‘Increase the use of Walvis Bay Corridor’
Harare – The Namibian ambassador to Zimbabwe, Dr Panduleni Kaino Shingenge, has urged Zimbabwean companies to increase their use of the Port of Walvis Bay corridors as this will accrue benefits to them.
Ambassador Shingenge said landlocked countries such as Zimbabwe should increase access to the Port of Walvis Bay for import and export, as they benefit from reduced time and cost savings, high reliability and cargo security.
The ambassador was officiating at a meeting between Namibian firm, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), and Zimbabwe Freight Forwarders Association to promote the use of the Walvis Bay Corridors in Harare recently.
Shingenge said: “Since the first cargo volumes for Zimbabwe has started moving via the Port of Walvis Bay in July 2007, we have seen a significant increase, especially during the past 24 months.
“Namibia is, therefore, sincerely grateful that this corridor route, which also offers an option via the Trans-Caprivi Corridor or the Trans-Kalahari Corridor, has extended to become a preferred trade route for some importers and exporters in Zimbabwe.”
“We therefore urge the Government of Zimbabwe to complete its dry port infrastructure within the Port of Walvis Bay in order for more importers and exporters to develop Walvis Bay, Namibia, as its preferred trade route for Southern Africa,” added Shingenge.
Walvis Bay Corridor Group marketing and communications officer, Agnetha Mouton, said the partnership between the WBCG and Zimbabwe Freight Forwarders Association comes as significant growth has been experienced on the Walvis Bay Corridors for imports to Zimbabwe.
Consignments being transported through this corridor include frozen chicken, furniture, equipment, vehicles and other consumables.
“The two parties recently hosted an information session in Harare to create awareness of the Walvis Bay Corridors via the Port of Walvis Bay, into and from the southern African region, as the preferred trade route,” she said.
Observers contend that the need for landlocked countries to gain access through an alternative trade route to and from sea is imperative.
Rob Doe, the Business Development Manager of WBCG South Africa, also made a presentation on the benefits and opportunities of what the Trans-Kalahari Corridor and Trans-Caprivi Corridor have to offer, via the Port of Walvis Bay.
Other notable presenters were the chief executive officer of the Zimbabwe Freight Forwarders Association, Joseph Musariri, who expressed his organisation’s commitment to urge its members to increase the use of the trade routes via the Port of Walvis Bay.