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WBCG and SeaRail Botswana host Information Sharing Session in Botswana 

Posted: 29 Mar 2022

“The TKC is not only important to Botswana but to the region as it promotes intra – regional and international trade as well as allowing the movement of people for business and tourism,” said His Excellency Dr. Batlang Comma Serema, High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana to Namibia.

The High Commissioner stated this at the WBCG and SeaRail Botswana Information sharing Session held in Gaborone on 10 February 2022. Speaking to a fully packed room, he shared that the Botswana High Commission’s mandate is to promote Botswana’s interest in Namibia including trade and investment. “Some of the opportunities that exist in Namibia include among others, Agriculture, specifically good quality breeds in small stock and cattle, sea food, oil, mining, water and tourism. In addition, Botswana Dry Port facility in Walvis Bay offers business opportunities as it has warehousing and cold storage facilities. The port is also cost effective and efficient as goods take less time at the port for clearance,” Dr. Comma Serema added.

Delivering the keynote address, Mr. Rule Jimmy Opelo, Botswana’s Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Communications, highlighted the importance of the Bostwana Dry Port facility in offering better turnaround times and access to international markets especially Europe and the Americas. “Our Ministry, and indeed government is committed to making sure that this leased land achieves the purpose for which it was given to us, we also are very grateful to the goodwill extended to us by the Namibian Government in opening up our access to the region and the rest of the world,”says Mr. Opelo.

Discussing the benefits of the newly commissioned container terminal and the improved efficiencies at the Port of Walvis Bay, Namport’s Executive Commercial Mr. Elias Mwenyo, further detailed the export and import opportunities for Botswana via the Port of Walvis Bay.

“The major trade incentive for using this dry port is the lower terminal handling charges for transit cargo at this congestion-free port,” explains Derrick Mokgatle, the Dry Port Manager. Sea Rail not only provides competitive rates for handling and trucking costs, there is the important time saving associated to using this efficient, secure and reliable route, which further saves on costs.

The TKC is a road network spanning approximately 1,900 km across the territories of Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Compared to the traditional routes via southern Namibia to South Africa’s Gauteng, TKC cuts the distance by 400km, making it a more preferred route and providing cost-effective logistical advantages to users.  It is a strategic route-of-choice that provides linkages between the Americas and East European markets and the Southern African hinterland.

In terms of time saving, the Trans Kalahari corridor is a fast route”, explains WBCG’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mbahupu Hippy Tjivikua. “The efficient congestion-free Port of Walvis Bay as well as the efficient system at the Mamuno border ensures that your cargo will arrive sooner rather than later”, says Mr. Tjivikua. Border clearance at the Mamuno border takes between 30 minutes due to preclearance allowances.

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