30 May 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 30 MAY (NAMPA) The growth of Lüderitz as a town can best be told by telling the development story of the fishing industry in the southern coastal town, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau said.
The minister made the remark at the recent launch of a film documentary called Lüderitz: A City Born from the Sea.
The documentary was produced by NovaNam Fishing and directed by Daniel Landa. It shows how Lüderitz transformed from being almost a ghost town post-independence to a town with a promising fishing industry and other opportunities for its inhabitants.
Esau said Government places special importance on the development of Lüderitz as a tangible economic base in order to grow the countrys blue economy in that part of Namibia, to contribute to the socio-economic development of the people in the //Kharas Region, and create sustainable jobs.
Our fishing industry has been at the forefront of this development, through smart partnerships between the government and the fishing industry, especially considering the economic challenges that come with places as remote as Lüderitz, from a business operation point of view, Esau added.
He further stated that Lüderitz is a town of opportunities, ranging from natural resources such as the ocean, mining, the legendary strong winds, and rich history.
It is important to share real stories of real people who have overcome serious challenges and marginalisation in their lives through taking opportunities offered to them and by having the resilience and conviction to realise their potential, to turn their dreams into reality, and become facilitators, he noted.
I therefore take this opportunity to congratulate NovaNam which, together with other fishing companies in this town have been key players in the rebirth of this important town, said Esau.