NAMPORT, the Namibian Port Authority signs a cooperation agreement with Dunkerque Port

NAMPORT, the Namibian Port Authority signs a cooperation agreement with (...)

This Tuesday 21st February, Namibia fostered new relationships with the French people as both CEO Bisey /Uirab and Stéphane Raison met to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The signing ceremony took place within NamPort installations in company of S.E Claire Bodonyi, French Ambassador to Namibia, of Jean Baptiste Dabezies Regional Industry Counselor to the French Embassy in Pretoria and of the French Development Agency (AFD). Several French firms specialized in logistics, such as CMA-CGM, Bolloré as well as Bureau Veritas also attended the signing ceremony.

NamPort is a state-owned company that officiates as the national ports authority of Namibia and is in charge of managing both ports of Lüderitz and Walvis Bay. Since 2013 Walvis Bay port undertakes a major extension project made possible through a 300 million USD loan granted by the African Bank of Development. The construction of this new container terminal will increase the current TEU capacity from 350,000 TEU’s to 750,000 TEU’s per annum spread across 40 hectares of new land from the bay.

Grand Port of Dunkerque is the authority in Charge of the 3rd biggest port in France. The giant port’s territory covers 7000 hectares and includes a 17km frontage allowing the port to handle all kinds of cargo and the largest of ships.

Both Public entities met for the first time in October last year as Dunkerque Port visited Walvis Bay for the first time. A visit from NamPort to Dunkerque followed in November, after which it was decided that both parties would work on an agreement to strengthen their ties.

The MoU will ensure that the two ports intensify and extend cooperation and port industrial activities.

It also explores mutually beneficial initiatives such as sharing information and policies on a wide range of subjects of interest to both parties including but not limited to, infrastructure development, environmental furtherance and commercial water front development which aims at enhancing trade and maritime services.

The MOU further endorses both entities cooperate in the areas of training of staff members, exchange of information and experiences as well as transferring knowledge in technologies of port operations and management.

During his opening speech, Bisey /Uirab said that the relationship between Namibia and France has enjoyed a healthy growth over the past years and can only be deepened. Whilst signing the agreement Stephane Raison further said that the primary focus will be to collaborate, share information and look at training opportunities that will be beneficial to both Namibia and France. Finally talking on behalf of the French government, Her Excellency Madam Claire Bodonyi emphasized the need for cooperation as only then can countries foster relations beneficial for development and growth.

The agreement signed between Namport and Port of Dunkerque comes at a good time for the Namibian public authority as they are about to complete their extension project and wish to delegate management of the port to the private sector.

Media coverage was provided by New Era, The Sun, Republikein, The Economist Namibia and NBC (Main local TV chanel):

New Era: https://neweralive.na/posts/namport-signs-mou-with-dunkerque-port-in-france
The Sun and Republikein : https://www.republikein.com.na/nuus/busy-port-of-walvis-bay-2019-02-22
The Economist: https://economist.com.na/42217/wheels-wings/namport-inks-agreement-with-french-entity-to-promote-business-relations/
NBC : https://www.nbc.na/news/namport-and-dunkerque-sign-mou.20785

On the day after the signing of the agreement, Regional Industry Counselor Jean Baptiste Dabezies and Infrastructure Officer to the AFD Morgane Martin, met with Namport to provide them with a cooperation and project-preparation instrument cooperation instrument: FEXTE (The Fund for Technical Expertise and Experience Transfers). This framework funds technical-cooperation programs and project-preparation studies.

The needs and expectations of both parties regarding this framework co-managed by the AFD and the General Directorate of the Treasury and economic policy have been taken into account and the implementation of the Fexte is expected for this first semester. For the Port of Dunkerque the analysis provided by the regional logistic chain is essential, while NamPort wishes for technical assistance on the improvement and optimization of flows as well as, the reinforcement of internal competences.

Last updated on: 26 February 2019
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