14 Oct 2014 17:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 14 OCT (NAMPA) A two-day conference deliberating on the construction of a dry port hub at Otjiwarongo kicked off here on Tuesday.
The conference is being attended by the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of several municipalities and local authority councillors, as well as representatives of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group and the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport).
Amongst those present are the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Tjekero Tweya; //Karas Regional Governor Bernardus Swartbooi; and Otjozondjupa Regional Governor Samuel Nuuyoma.
A dry port is an inland terminal which originates at ports situated at the coast, and which is connected to the road and railway network.
It is largely meant for the trans-shipping and storage of imported or exported goods.
The Otjiwarongo municipalitys strategic executive for community services and economic development, Agatha Mweti said in her presentation on Tuesday that the municipality envisions constructing a multi-million dollar dry port hub in the next few years.
This idea originated in 2008, and we have been supported by the Ministry of Trade and Industry all along, she said.
Mweti added that Otjiwarongo is a gateway to all major towns in the country, as well as neighbouring countries like Zambia, Angola and Botswana through key national roads and rail.
Therefore, a dry port has to be built at the town.
Recent preliminary research indicated that the major logistics ports situated at the coastal towns are under pressure due to the high volumes of industrial logistics activities taking place there.
A strategically-situated town like Otjiwarongo thus needs to have a dry port in order for the pressure on key coastal ports to be released, Mweti stated.
Several speakers from the National Planning Commission (NPC) and the Ministry of Works and Transport also made presentations in support of the construction of a dry port at Otjiwarongo.
The project manager of the Southern African-Netherlands Chamber of Commerce (Sanec), Mark Reyneker and Dutch Honorary Consul in Namibia, Ger Kegge are also attending the conference, which ends on Wednesday.