WBCG eyes Zim office

October 14, 2021

BUSINESS REPORTER

 

The Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) will establish an office in Zimbabwe as it lures  local companies to use the port for exports and imports, an executive has said.

WBCG chief executive officer Hippy Tjivikua said they will look at modalities of establishing a local office as Zimbabwe is a “very strategic and important market for the port of Walvis Bay and  for Namibia at large”.

“We opened our first cross border office in Zambia in 2005. We have an office in Johannesburg, Lubumbashi, Brazil but we don’t have an office in Zimbabwe. I think you can read between the lines with our discussions today going forward that there is indeed a need. Engineer Marawa [deputy Chief Secretary] was very bold to mention that an office must be established here,” Tjivikua said.

WBCG also intends to extend its footprint into America, Europe and Asia.

Tjivikua said the port has international shipping connections to the main economic centres of the world and is strategically located.

The port is strategically located: it is a gateway to the West and West Africa. He said WBCG is also promoting intra-African trade.

“Zimbabwe has to start exports to West Africa whether it is to Benin, Togo and Liberia. This [Walvis Bay] is the shortest route for exports and even to Europe,” he said.

Tjivikua is part of delegation from Namibia which is in Zimbabwe on a trade mission to promote the use of the Walvis Bay Port and the Zimbabwe Dry port for exports and imports.

The delegation arrived in Zimbabwe on October 8. Its mission runs up to October 21.

The Namibian delegation is made up of officials from the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Zimbabwe Dry Port, the Namibia Ports Authority and the Ministry of Works and Transport as well as other key industry stakeholders.

 

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