Rationale for undertaking assignment

The Government of the Republic of South Africa, through its Ministry of Trade and Industry and the Government of the Republic of Namibia through its Ministry of Trade and Industry signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Economic Cooperation on the 21st of November 2006. Article 2 of the above mentioned MoU states the following:


a. The DTI, using experiences gained in the implementation of Spatial Development Initiatives,( hereinafter referred to as "SDIs") shall co-operate with relevant public and private institutions within the Republic of South Africa in assisting the MTI with scoping and designing programmes for designated development projects in Namibia.


b. The scope of co-operation between the MTI and the DTI with respect to the SDIs within Namibia, shall include identifying technically competent organizations which are capable of drawing up development oriented industrial projects and sensitizing organizations in the RSA that have the financial and technical capacity to implement those projects in partnership with their Namibian counterparts.


Subsequently, the Ministry of Trade and Industry of the Republic of Namibia mandated the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, through a Memorandum of Understanding signed on the 27th of September 2011, to initiate and carry out specific activities to advance the SDIs in Namibia and to ensure that the country derives tangible benefits from the Initiative.