AS part of his official state visit to Namibia, the Zimbabwean Head of State, President Emmerson Mnangagwa, earlier today inaugurated the recently completed Dry Port Facility on the premises of the Walvis Bay port.
President Mnangagwa said that the official commissioning of the import and export processing facility will aid the economic development of Zimbabwe and further integrate the economies of member countries of the Southern African Development Community.
“Through this new facility Zimbabwe’s status has changed from landlocked to sea-linked. The fact that the Port of Walvis Bay is connected to the rest of the SADC through the various corridors that has been developed and promoted by the Namibian Government has not only opened up a new trade route for Zimbabwe, but has created plenty of new opportunities for the business fraternity to capitalise on,” Mnangagwa said.
The visiting Head of State paid tribute to President Hage Geingob, who joined him in Walvis Bay for the inauguration of the new facilities at Namibia’s main harbour, by saying that while his counterpart served as the Chairperson of the SADC he advocated for regional integration and mutual economic growth.
“The concept seemed unattainable at first but as we continued to listen to President Geingob his vision of an integrated SADC Region and improved inter African trade became ever clearer. The dry port facility is the embodiment of that idea and we are grateful for his vision which would bring economical growth to the entire region.”
President Mnangagwa stated that the various transport corridors have come a long way to build a strong logistical chain with the different countries within the region.
“How do we improve on that? The only way is the creation of a railway link between Namibia and Zimbabwe that would enable us to move more goods to and from markets in Europe and the Americas.”
Before officially declaring the Zimbabwe Dry Port open for business, the visiting president said that the facility represents a deepening of relationships between the two countries with regard to business and trade.
A representative of the Namibia Ports Authority Board of Directors, Nangula Hamunyela, said when Namport was established its mandate was to create a gateway for Namibia to international markets.
“Our broader mandate was to serve the need of our neighbours and to unlock the landlocked countries. The new dry port facility is a step in the right direction to achieve the broader mandate that was set for us.”
Hamunyela congratulated the people of Zimbabwe on the commissioning of the dry port facilities and said Namport is looking forward to increased cargo volumes to and from that country.