Namport and TNPA sign accord to pave way for future co-operation

  • TNPA signs second of a number of memoranda planned in Southern and Eastern Africa

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed today between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the Namibian Port Authority (Namport) that will pave the way for co-operation between the two port authorities.

This is the second in a number of memoranda that TNPA intends to sign with ports in Southern and Eastern Africa. The first of these MOU’s was signed with Maputo Port Development Corporation in June this year.

“Given the strategic similarities of our respective ports from a geographic perspective and the proximity to industrial zones we recognise the importance of improving our relationship and collaboration,” said Transnet National Ports Authority chief executive, Tau Morwe.

This collaboration is expected to result in the sharing of maritime experiences and exchange of technical expertise, particularly, in relation to port management, port operations, port environment and security as well as training of employees.

Information sharing will include policies on a wide range of topics relevant to activities of port authorities such as infrastructure development, improving the port environment and commercial waterfront development, which will help enhance trade and maritime services. The accord also means that TNPA can access the expertise of Namport which it can apply to its ports.

“Namport is entering a new phase in its existence with emphasis on cost efficiencies, productivity and performance management,” commented Namport chief executive, Bisey Uirab.

“This will translate into a customer focused service delivery grounded in total service quality.

“The MOU will assist us in our goals and in promoting our port.”

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