WALVIS BAY: The visiting Togolese president on Thursday said the Port of Lome in Togo will consider the possibility of joining forces with the Namibia Ports Authority (Namport) in a partnership agreement.
“The advantage of Namport is that it operates on a corridor system. We need to join our forces together,” said president Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe through an interpreter when he visited Namport here on Thursday.
A corridor system is an integrated system of well-maintained tarred roads and rail networks to landlocked countries.
He made the statement after Namport’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Bisey Uirab proposed that the two ports enter into a partnership.
“There is a lot to share, such as experiences and strategies between the two ports,” Uirab told the Togolese president during a presentation session.
Gnassingbe said sea transport has become an important means of conveying cargo.
He added that economic growth in the Sub-Saharan region is constantly increasing, as Africa is trading a great deal with the rest of the world.
“Africa is trading greatly with the world, and some ports are more efficient than others. If we do not invest in ports, we cannot succeed,” Gnassingbe noted.
Upon arrival in the harbour town, the Togolese president was received by Walvis Bay mayor Derek Klazen at the Rooikop Airport.
Gnassingbe was then taken to the Walvis Bay Salt Refinery, south of the harbour town, where he was received by the Governor of the Erongo Region Cleophas Mutjavikua and the Operations’ Manager of the Salt Refinery, Stephan Anderson.
He also visited the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries’ Institute (Namfi), as well as the Merlus Seafood Processing factory before departing to the capital to continue his State visit.