The project aims to enhance Namibia as an efficient transport and logistics hub in line with the country’s National Development Plan 4, in which logistics is underscored as one of the focal points to achieve economic growth, increase income equality and create employment. The initiative is a manifestation of the long standing cooperation between Namibia and Finland. Research experts of SAMK, the Finnish Environmental Institute [SYKE], the Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) and the University of Oulu, have all created a concept which will focus on the formation of a transport and logistics ecosystem in the country.
When the project was launched this week, the Finnish Ambassador to Namibia, Anne Saloranta, said,“We are keen to offer our assistance to enhance trade and commercial contacts between our countries. It is with this aim in mind that the Embassy supports the Walvis Bay Corridor Group with a project for improved service delivery towards a Regional Logistics and Distribution Hub in Namibia for SADC.”
An environmental assessment has already been conducted on the implementation of the new port of Walvis Bay, showing the country’s step-by-step approach to making this dream a reality. NUST Vice-Chancellor, Tjama Tjivikua, stressed the fundamentals of research, and said: “Several countries have invested in infrastructure and expertise, just to fail in becoming a logistics hub.
Many invest, based on inaccurate data, and see the error of their ways when implementation is complete. This shows the importance of researching a concept and providing tangible solutions for its implementation.” NAMHUB is built on the similar concept as the NAMURBAN project that was launched last year, when SAMK and NUST signed a two-year agreement in efficient urban resource management. Both projects are funded by the Finnish government.