NEW BRAZILIAN AMBASSADOR PAID A COURTESY VISIT TO THE PORT OF WALVIS BAY
Photo caption: Captain Alexander Neves de Assumpcao (Navy), Defence, Naval, Army and Air Attaché, CEO of Namport Mr Andrew Kanime, Her Excellency Vivian Loss Sanmartin, Mr Sanmartin and Captain Geas Shatika, Senior Pilot, Namport
The new Brazilian Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia, Her Excellency Vivian Loss Sanmartin paid a courtesy call to Namport last Friday, 19 August 2022. The purpose of the visit is a result of the Excellency’s roadmap focusing on maritime, agricultural and industrial cooperation between Namibia and Brazil. And also to further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries and their ports as outlined in her credentials recently handed over to the Namibian Head of State.
The CEO welcomed the gesture by the Ambassador and shed light on the fruit reaped from all the hard work over the years by Namport in partnership with Walvis Bay Corridor Group and stakeholders in Brazil to develop business and trade opportunities between the two nations.
The CEO similarly reported to the Ambassador on the performance of the Port Authority over the “past six months of the current financial year which have yielded great rewards with Namibia now importing bulk and break-bulk sugar from Brazil; not only for the Namibian market but the SADC region as well”.
MINISTER OF FINANCE AND DIRECTOR GENERAL OF NATIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION CALLS THE PORT OF WALVIS BAY
Hon. Minister of Finance, Ipumbu Shiimi, Andrew Kanime CEO of Namport and Hon Obed Kandjoze, Director General for National Planning Commission visiting the Port of Walvis Bay
The CEO of Namport, Mr Andrew Kanime welcomed Hon. Ipumbu Shiimi, Minister of Finance and Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Hon. Obed Kandjoze to the Port of Walvis Bay and further thanked the delegation for taking time off their busy schedules to visit the Port of Walvis Bay. The CEO also used this opportunity to share the company’s performance for the past eighteen (18) months.
On their part, Hon. Shiimi articulated the premise of their visit to Erongo Region as part of phase one of Government's mid-term budget review as well a review of the medium-term expenditure framework for the next three years. The Minister of Finance underscored the importance of regional consultations with key stakeholders and that feedback obtained at grassroot levels serves to inform the National budgeting process. “These consultations will additionally form as a catalyst to address the real need of Namibians”, the Minister stated. The two Ministers further added that Namport is an important stakeholder to the Ministry of Finance and National Planning Commission, thus the decision by the two State Principals and their delegation to visit the Port of Walvis Bay.
The Ministers also commended Namport for its great financial performance and expressed satisfaction with a positive growth trajectory and the fact that the Ports Authority has managed to stabilise its finances, and advised Namport to prioritise reinvestments in the business over dividend declaration to ensure the provision of cost-effective and efficient port services. Following high-level engagements between the Namport CEO, Executive Management and State Principals, the delegation was treated to a tour of the Port of Walvis Bay facilities.
About the Namibian Ports Authority
The Namibian Ports Authority also referred to as ‘Namport’ or the Namibian Ports Authority Act, No. 2 of 1994, established the ‘Authority’. It is recognised as a Public Enterprise in terms of the Public Enterprises Governance Act, No. 1 of 2019. The Authority manages the port facilities to cater for current trade needs, competitiveness through the efficient, reliable and cost-effective supply of port services. For more information visit www.namport.com