Logistics Hub

Launched in December 2014, the Namibia Logistics Hub Forum continues to create a platform to have thematic intervention and dialogue with the industry to share information, solicit input and keep the momentum going towards the effective implementation of the Namibia Logistics Hub Project.

For information on this forum hosted every month contact Cindy at marketing@wbcg.com.na

Background

Namibia has a clear vision to become a regional leader in logistics and distribution in Southern Africa. Our current National Development Plan Four (NDP4) has identified Logistics as one of the economic priorities, an area in which Namibia has a clear comparative advantage. Against this background, Namibia has embarked on a transformation process to establish itself as the “Logistics Hub for Southern Africa”.

Objectives
The Logistics Hub concept entails an intervention process that strives to unleash the latent growth and development potential of specific geographical locations in Namibia through the identification, packaging, formulation and marketing of the Logistics Hub for the SADC region and beyond. To achieve this objective, the Logistics Hub Project was established under the umbrella of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG).

The desired outcome is for Namibia to have laid the foundation for establishing itself as a regional leader in logistics and distribution.

The overall objective is to put in place sustainable institutional arrangements and mechanisms that would ensure the transformation of the Port of Walvis Bay and the Walvis Bay Corridors into economic corridors for the socio-economic growth and development of the country.

Motivation
The WBCG is one of the few success stories of Public Private Partnership (PPP) entities that are functioning effectively in Namibia & SADC. The WBCG’s unique compilation of Private and Public stakeholders provides it with a distinct advantage which is successfully illustrated in various Corridor management programs and through its role as marketing and developing agency for Namibia’s Transport Sector.

As the Logistics Hub is also based on similar principles of public private sector cooperation, the proven institutional efficiency will be to the benefit of the Logistics Hub development process.

The role of the Ministry of Works & Transport alongside the WBCG will ensure that the future Logistics Hub development process will transpire under the auspices of and with the direct involvement of the National Planning Commission. Once completed, the WBCG together with the support of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, will determine suitable arrangements on how best to promote and implement the Logistics Hub Plan.

With established branch offices in Zambia, South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Brazil, the WBCG’s footprint can strengthen our role as marketing and developing agency to grow the development of the Logistics Hub. The WBCG has also established a very good relationship and network with Namibian Embassies. The commercial representatives, based at these Embassies will form an essential part of promoting the Logistics Hub to the international world.