A class of over 50 Namibians have become the first in the country to graduate from an internationally accredited Fiata (International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations) course.
The course, which focuses on freight logistics standards and management, was presented in Walvis Bay.
Topics included incoterms, international trade, freight forwarding and supply chain management.
The Chief Executive officer of Namport and Chairman of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), Bisey Uirab, said the graduation was another milestone in the journey to enhance the country’s skills and competency.
“This training is a step in the right direction for the local freight forwarders as human capacity building forms part of the development of the country’s logistics industry. We have invested considerable effort and funds to improve our port and logistics infrastructure, but this would be a skewed development if we did not focus on training people.”
More than 257 000 people work in the local logistics industry, accounting for about 10% of the country’s population, according to official statistics.
The course was presented by GMLS of South Africa and arranged by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group.