ONDANGWA: Members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Security commenced a two-day Policing Training Workshop here yesterday.
The main purpose of the workshop is to provide the committee members with a panoramic view on police matters, enable them to understand policing activities and take into account the challenges that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) is faced with in its efforts to curb crime in the country.
The most-skilled and experienced senior NamPol officials from Windhoek and the Oshana Region, under the leadership of the Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga travelled to Ondangwa to share their experiences with the committee members.
Amongst the topics to be covered are the mandate and functions of NamPol, rank structure, functions of NamPol directorates, regions and divisions and crime combating plans of the Force.
The port of Walvis and the Trans-Kalahari Corridor can be faster routes than the port of Durban to get goods to Johannesburg, but land transport costs here make the route twice as expensive.
World Bank official Philip Schuler said this yesterday during the one-day World Bank and National Planning Commission (NPC) seminar on Policy Notes on Growth and Employment in Namibia that took place here.
Its geographical location, traffic patterns and small scale of goods all make Namibia expensive.
Schuler said although Namibia shares borders with the two largest economies in the region – South Africa and Angola – its seaports are separated from the region’s centres of economic activity by vast distances, making them high-cost alternatives to Durban in South Africa and other ports in the region.
Namibia’s size and location also make it unlikely for Walvis Bay to succeed in displacing Durban as the gateway for handling the bulk of the region’s trade.
Specialising in moving high-value, time-sensitive, mission-critical cargo plays to Namibia’s strengths, for which the country’s speed outweighs its cost disadvantage.