The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) was established in 2000 to engage in business development activities – thereby increasing cargo for ports and corridors linked to it, and to engage in the facilitation of corridor and infrastructure development.
The Walvis Bay Corridors are an integrated system of well maintained tarred roads and rail networks – accommodating all modes of transport – from the Port of Walvis Bay via the Trans Kalahari, Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor (previously known as the Trans-Caprivi), Trans-Cunene and Trans-Oranje Corridors providing landlocked SADC countries access to transatlantic markets.
Cargo offloaded at the Port of Walvis Bay is handled with state-of-the-art machinery and record turnaround processing time. The Port is congestion-free and its facilities are of world-class standard, which ensures that cargo is handled reliably and safely. Cargo then makes its way from the Port along one of the Corridors across Namibia and into neighbouring SADC countries.
The Trans Kalahari Corridor links the Port of Walvis Bay to Gaborone and Gauteng in South Africa. From there, this Corridor links with the Maputo Corridor on the east coast of southern Africa. The Walvis Bay-Ndola-Lubumbashi Development Corridor accesses the landlocked countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Trans-Cunene Corridor extends through northern Namibia into southern Angola, and the Trans-Oranje Corridor links the Port of Lüderitz with the Northern Cape Province of South Africa.
The Walvis Bay Corridor Group’s main organisational strength is its unique public-private partnership (PPP) set-up of transport and logistics stakeholders from both the public and private sector. The partnership allows for the pooling of resources, expertise and authorities from both the regulators and the operators, who together form an integrated transport and logistics service for potential customers.
Due to the Group’s constitution as a PPP, it is able to lean on the public sector for advice and action on issues such as customs, transport regulation and infrastructure development, while the private sector can focus on business development such as marketing and making practical operational proposals and logistics solutions. Both arms provide input into developing human resources, the institutions themselves, and the associated infrastructure.
The WBCG has established a branch office in Lubumbashi, DRC as well as a representative office in Sao Paulo, Brazil since 2012 and therefore the footprint of the WBCG has been extended to four offices beyond the borders of Namibia, which include Lusaka, Zambia since 2005 and Johannesburg, South Africa since 2008.
The Group Strategic Plan focuses its efforts on increasing cargo volumes for the Port of Walvis Bay and the Walvis Bay Corridors, as well as on enhancing the competitiveness of the Corridors. In support of this, the Group established a Project Development and Funding Portfolio to identify, formulate and manage Corridor projects, and to mobilise international support and funding.