04 Oct 2017 16:00pm
WALVIS BAY, 04 OCT (NAMPA) - Over 100 transport and logistics students are expected to graduate from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) on 13 October 2017.
Director of the Namibian-German Centre for Logistics Logan Fransman said this on Wednesday when he represented Nust Vice-Chancellor Tjama Tjivikua at a four-day 9th Annual Logistics and Transport Workshop underway here.
Fransman said these graduates will contribute to driving Namibia to become a logistics hub in southern Africa.
Capacity building is necessary for economic development; this means putting the right people in place to do the right thing, he said.
Also speaking at the same event, Damien Mabengano from the Ministry of Works and Transport said lack of skilled labour is a challenge for development goals.
He said education is crucial to make Namibia a logistics hub.
Mabengano acknowledged that there is lack of human resources in the country to develop strategies, research and design as well as the infrastructure to unlock the economy.
He stressed that the current situation of getting experts from other countries to come and work in the country will not help Namibia be where it should be.
We want to make our country a logistics hub through the Port of Walvis Bay because by doing so, we can help the landlocked countries and develop Africa at large, said Mabengano.
On his part, Japanese Ambassador to Namibia Hideyuki Sakamoto said his government supports Namibia in its transport and logistics development because it is vital for the economic future of Africa.
He said if more roads connecting Namibia to countries such as Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana and Malawi are built, transporting goods can be easy in southern Africa.
For us to achieve this we need to think regionally and act locally, said Sakamoto.
The workshop brought together academics, Government representatives as well as transport and logistics representatives from other African countries, Germany and England.
Participants are discussing how to improve transport and logistics in their respective countries to develop a trade link through proper roads and railway lines.