NAMIBIA cannot, independently, efficiently and successfully ensure that there is minimal or no illicit trade of ozone depleting substances.
Deputy Minister of Industrialization and Trade Verna Sinimbo, during the official opening of a special training course for Customs and Excise officials and the handover of equipment to the Valombola Vocational Training Centre at Ongwediva, said Namibia is party to the Montreal Protocol of 1987 on substances that deplete the ozone layer as such the Ministry is playing a coordinating role to ensure that Namibia remains compliant to the protocol.
“One of the obligations of the protocol is to facilitate training platforms on the handling of alternative technology, which is the alternative to the substances that are high in global warming and ozone depletion potential and trainings on the identification of these substances,” said Sinimbo.
Sinimbo indicated that Customs and Excise officials are key players in ensuring that Namibia retains its reputation as an ozone friendly country.
“Officials are at the forefront on a daily basis where they have to guard against illicit trade in and the movement of controlled substances across our borders,” she said.
The deputy minister indicated that Namibia has embarked on a programme to phase out the import of Ozone Depleting Substances.
Moreover, the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade has over the years supported refrigeration and air-conditioning courses at Vocational Training Centres and National Institute of Mining and Technology with equipment for hands on training.
Speaking at the same occasion Oshana Regional Governor Elia Irimari, said that there is a need to address the issue of monitoring trade and prevention of illegal trade in Ozone Depleting Substances.
“We should be determined to ensure that there is zero trade on Ozone Depleting Substances, which poses adverse effects and holds immense potential to contribute to global warming,” Irimari said.