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Theme: Namibia Logistics Hub: An Opportunity for Growth

Who started the annual logistics workshop?
The Namibian German Centre for Logistics (NGCL) is the driver behind  the annual logistics and transport workshop. The NGCL is an institute at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) and functions as an Education Excellence Initiative for logistics specialists, executives. As well as supporting and carrying out the applied research of logistical problems in the SADC region. NGCL initiated the workshops, but it is truly an annual industry event with the full support from various industry stakeholders.

When did the workshop start?
The first workshop was held in 2009, in Walvis-Bay, and was attended by 80 delegates. NGCL in partnership with various stakeholders hosted eight workshops so far. The workshops have been a resounding success and have been attended by participants from across the logistics and transport industry in Namibia and from abroad. It has grown in size and stature and become a ‘not to be missed’ fixture on the logistics agenda for the Southern African region.

What was the idea behind the workshop?
The Government of Namibia identified logistics and transport sector as critical to the development of all sectors of the economy in its Vision 2030 and NDP-4. Logistics acts as a catalyst for the national economy.  The main objectives of the logistics sector are to contribute to national development through the provision of logistics and transport services.  It was essential to build a platform where industry could interact with international and regional partners from the academic world as well as global industry leaders in logistics and transport.

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Who attends the event and what are some of the benefits?
More than 100 participants attended the last workshop, with delegates coming not just from Namibia, but from right across the Southern Africa region and further afield. The delegates range from operational level employees in different industries right up to senior management and policy makers. Of course there are also academics and students that participate, ensuring knowledge is shared and industry expectations are met. The benefits for the Namibian logistics and transport industry are the engagement with local, regional and international delegates and speakers, as well as learning from successful case studies.

What was the idea behind the theme for this year?
The theme this year focuses on the opportunity the Namibian logistics hub provides. The development surrounding the logistics hub is receiving attention from government, policy makers and planners to drive the attraction of international investors and organisations. The theme will highlight the developments within the country and looks at opportunities for future trade. It will include sharing and implementation of  best practices as well as systems and case studies within the logistics and transport industry.

Who are the presenters or speakers at the workshop?
The workshop will feature a host of local industry speakers as well as academia, complemented by regional and international experts. Speakers will share their knowledge through their current or past projects within their organisations.  Best practises will feature that have shown tangible results, giving the participants real insight. The workshop has a research component to it, and several academics will present on published work that will benefit and enlighten the delegates.

Who are some various stakeholders involved in the workshop?
The workshop has evolved over the years to include key stakeholders from different sectors and industries, like the Southern Business School (SBS), Walvis-bay Corridor Group (WBCG), TransWorld Cargo, Namport, Namibian Logistics Association (NLA), Trans-Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCS), and the National Road Safety Council (NRSC).

What are some of the topics for this year’s workshop?

DAY 1:

  • Customs and Excise and its promotion within the logistics hub
  • Future of transport in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Investment opportunities

DAY 2:

  • Supply Chain Visualisations
  • Logistics Skills Gaps

Why should you participate?
Delegates and participants will:

  • Gain valuable awareness of the regional and international market;
  • Be a part of a network which includes both public and private sector organisations;
  • Learn from stimulating, world-class international and local speakers’ presentations, and participate in interactive Q & A sessions after each presentation.

For more information or to sign up do not hesitate to contact:

Mr. Logan Fransman
Namibia German Centre for Logistics (NGCL)
Tel: +264 (0)61 207 2909

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