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The WBCG embarked on a business development mission to Brazil, from 4 to 15 July 2022, as part of our ongoing efforts to promote Namibia as the preferred and shortest trade route into southern Africa. The mission’s goal was to engage the Brazilian business community, ports, shipping lines, freight forwarders, and industries in order to explore opportunities Namibia can provide as a supply chain solution for the Brazilian market.
The two-week engagements concluded successfully with an Information sharing Session in São Paulo, Brazil. The session, titled “Positioning Walvis Bay as Brazil’s Preferred Trade Route,’ highlighted the advantages of using the Ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz, and thus by extension the Walvis Bay Corridors.
Speaking at the Information Sharing Session, His Excellency Mbapeua Muvangua, Namibia’s Ambassador to Brazil, stated that the engagements are critical in expanding areas of collaboration for the mutual benefit of Brazil and Namibia.
“The promotion of trade, investment, and economic cooperation should continue to be given higher emphasis in this situation. Stronger cooperation in other areas of our economies should be encouraged by the positive bilateral and diplomatic relations between our two nations. Furthermore, I want to reassure you that our two nations have already signed a number of general framework agreements for cooperation in a variety of fields. These agreements should function as a catalyst for our two nations’ sectors to finalize their own sector-specific agreements and memoranda of understanding, further enhancing and elevating the level of cooperation between Brazil and Namibia to greater heights,” said Amb. Muvangua.
Mr. Conrad Lutombi, Chief Executive Officer of Roads Authority Namibia, and Mr. Johannes Shipepe, Manager of Public Investment from the Namibia Investment Promotional and Development Board, were part of the Namibian delegation who presented at the Information sharing Session.
According to Mr. Mbahupu H. Tjivikua, Chief Executive Officer of the WBCG, frozen meat, chicken and pork products, as well as sugar, and household materials are among the commodities currently imported from Brazil via the port of Walvis Bay. The CEO is confident that the engagements will yield positive results in the future because Namibia is the shortest trade route connecting the Brazilian and southern African markets, with the goal of attracting a variety of other commodities such as soy beans, maize, corn, beans, wheat, malt, paper, casava, cooking oil, fruits and vegetables, as well as tires.
“These engagements also provide an opportunity for the two countries to capitalize on the benefits of the preferential trade agreement between the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and the Southern Common Market (Mercosur),” stated Mr. Tjivikua.
Since its inception in 2012, the WBCG Brazil Office, represented by Business Development Representative Mr. Ricardo Latkani, has raised awareness and actively promoted the use of the Namibian ports and the Walvis Bay Corridors, for imports and exports between South America and southern Africa.
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