The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) says it fully supports the establishment of a fully-fledged logistics hub at Katima Mulilo, as this aligns perfectly with the Namibia Logistics Hub Master Plan, of which the WBCG is the lead. executing agency. The support for the hub comes as freight volumes along Namibia’s transport corridors have increased significantly since 2016.
In 2016, freight volumes on the country’s transport corridors were around 437,000 tons, and these figures have been gradually increasing on a yearly basis. The WBCG reports that in the 2020/21 financial year, freight volumes on Namibian corridors increased to over 1.4 million tonnes.
Upon request, the WBCG told New Era that the master plan for the logistics hub includes the development of bypass roads to reduce congestion, as well as the need for truck stops and warehouse developments. These development proposals should help the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development as the hierarchical manager of local authorities to justify the request for decentralization via Katima Mulilo.
According to Gilbert Boois, Project Manager of WBCG’s Logistics Hub, several industrial projects such as the upgrading of key road and rail infrastructure are at different stages of progress, which he said shows the government’s commitment to developing the sector. to better position itself as a viable transport link. to the region.
“In addition to the critical projects outlined in the Logistics Hub Master Plan, Namibia has also prioritized additional projects in the road, rail and air sub-sectors, which are crucial links to neighboring countries,” said- he declared.
The overall objective of the logistics hub project is to deepen regional economic integration, implement measures to improve competitiveness and also strengthen trade and investment ties.
“It is with great pride that the WBCG continues to play a central role in the development of regional transport and corridors in Namibia. The success of the logistics hub project is based on a coordinated and synergistic implementation of the programs and projects of the logistics master plan,” Boois emphasized.
The Walvis Bay Corridor Group is a service and facilitation center established to promote imports and exports through the ports of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz for the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region. The Group is a public-private partnership established to promote the use of the Walvis Bay Corridors, which is a network of transport corridors mainly comprising the Port of Walvis Bay, the Trans-Kalahari Corridor, the Trans-Caprivi Corridor, the Trans-Cunene Corridor, and the Trans-Oranje Corridor.
The Walvis Bay Corridor Group’s establishment of a public-private partnership enables it to pool the resources and authorities of transport regulators and transport operators, effectively serving as a facilitation hub and one-stop-shop coordinating the commercial hub along the Walvis Bay Corridors, and linking Namibia and its ports to the rest of the Southern Africa region.
Namibian ports and corridors are strategically positioned to give the country a competitive advantage as a transport hub for all regional and international trade between SADC countries, Europe, the Americas and the rest of the world.
The new, well-maintained port and corridor infrastructure, coupled with efficient transport services, gives the Walvis Bay Corridor Group a competitive advantage as the main trade route in Southern Africa.
In a recent interview, Silinda Mubonenwa from Katima Mulilo City Council Economic Development Department told New Era that the city has enough land available to invest in creating a commercial hub for the area. “The idea is to establish a depot at Katima Mulilo to distribute goods, including all types of fuel, to neighboring countries,” he noted.