The Namibian Ports Authority and the Ports Authority of Dakar in Senegal have signed a memorandum of understanding last Wednesday.
The five-year memorandum of understanding (MoU) entails a number of agreements which include sharing information, training of staff members, working with the respective ministries to see how cargo can be moved efficiently between the two countries and the rest of the world, as well as exposure to the respective ports.
During the signing event, outgoing Namport chief executive officer (CEO) Bisey /Uirab said the agreement is but one of the ways through which Namport is trying to strengthen ties with other countries.
“This is in an effort to promote inter-African and regional trade. It is also another way to look at additional opportunities to take up as countries, and promote our economies,” he added.
/Uirab then commended the two countries' long-standing relationship during the liberation struggle, and reiterated the need to strengthen relations.
The CEO also urged the Senegalese delegation to explore other parts of Walvis Bay as well in order to see what else they would be willing to offer and invest in within the town.
The Senegalese delegation was headed by Dakar port's chief of marketing and communication, Abdoul Hamid Sy, who came to Namibia for the first time on a five-day visit, which ended on Friday.
Hamid Sy also alluded to the importance of inter-African trade, reiterating that this agreement is a display of willingness of the two governments to strengthen the relationship between them.
“Through agreements such as these, it is possible for each of us to pick up best practices from each other in order to develop each other and our own economies,” he noted.
Hamid Sy also commended Namport for its exceptional performance over the years, and hoped Dakar would be able to tap into its knowledge. – Nampa
SOURCE: The Namibian