Customs are enablers for tangible benefits from AfCFTA - Shiimi

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The Minister of Finance and Public Enterprise, Iipumbu Shiimi, says the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) is a high-ambition trade agreement with a comprehensive scope that includes critical areas such as digital trade and investment protection.

Shiimi said this during the 30th World Customs Organisation East and Southern Africa Governing Meeting held at Swakopmund.

The AfCFTA is the world's largest free trade area, bringing together 55 countries of the African Union (AU) and eight Regional Economic Communities to create a single market for the continent.

Swakopmund Municipality unveils new logo

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The Swakopmund Municipality has unveiled its new logo.

Chief Executive Officer Alfeus Benjamin says this marks a significant step in showcasing the town's identity and progress.

The new logo symbolises Swakopmund's place on the Namibian map, representing its growth and development on the African continent.

The unveiling ceremony, which was attended by town officials, residents, and stakeholders, highlighted Swakopmund's emergence as a vibrant hub within the Erongo Region and the wider SADC community.

Walvis Bay youth to benefit from Youth Climate Action Fund

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Walvis Bay will join 38 other local authorities at the US-based Johns Hopkins University's new Youth Climate Action Fund, where it will receive close to N$1 million for disbursement to youth-led climate action initiatives.

This was brought to light by Walvis Bay Mayor Trevino Forbes at the ordinary council meeting. 

Forbes says efforts stemming from the new Youth Climate Action Fund will advance critical community goals such as meeting decarbonisation commitments or reducing consumption-based emissions.

Erongo Regional Council remains best performing

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The Erongo Regional Council has, for the past three consecutive years, been rated as the best performer among its peers.

Regional Council Chairperson Benitha Imbamba, who was speaking at a regional council meeting in Swakopmund, emphasised the importance of customer service.

Imbamba, while expressing her satisfaction, reminded the councillors of their duties to deliver effectively and efficiently.

Namibia plans to manufacture a dual-fuel green hydrogen train

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Namibia is working with its neighbours to provide a new gateway for modern trade and low-carbon industrial opportunities, placing Namibia and the region as frontrunners in the global green hydrogen economy.

Namibia plans to manufacture a dual-fuel green hydrogen train connecting 1,100 kilometres of rail to service 300 million Africans, not just the three million at home.

The Green Hydrogen Commissioner, James Mnyupe, who was speaking at Walvis Bay, says the rail connection will need a coordinated, integrated strategic business plan from Trans-Namib and Namport.

Namport and Port of Antwerp-Bruges sign MoU

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The Namibian Port Authority (Namport), Cleanergy Solutions Namibia, and the Port of Antwerp-Bruges signed a memorandum of understanding to develop the first-ever hydrogen-powered vessel to operate in Namibian waters.

Additionally, Namport and the port of Antwerp-Bruges signed an agreement focusing on the development of the north port of Walvis Bay.

Namibia is set up to play a key role in the global energy transition, with a pioneering position in renewable energy, and natural resources, given its strategic geographical position. 

Paulus Hango re-elected as TUCNA president

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The president of the Trade Union Congress of Namibia (TUCNA), Paulus Hango, has been re-elected for the fifth time at Walvis Bay.

At his re-election, Hango said trade unions and workers in Namibia face many challenges and difficulties.
 
He says trade union leaders need to firmly commit themselves as a united front and help to ensure that workers earn decent wages and stop exploitation of the employees.
 
Hango stated that employers make massive profits at the expense of the workers.
 
A lack of minimum wage in some sectors is another.

NRSC to improve road safety along B2 road

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The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) will transform the Arandis Emergency Response and Traffic Management Centre during this financial year. 

This was announced by the Chairperson of the NRSC Eliphas !Owos-oab during the 20th anniversary of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat in Swakopmund.

Fifteen cameras have been installed on the B2 road from Usakos to Swakopmund to monitor motorists' behaviour and road activities.

Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat celebrates 20 years

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The Cross-Border Road Transport Agency's CEO, Lwazi Mboyi, says the governments of Namibia, Botswana, and South Africa have emphasised the need to work together to realise Africa's integration.

Mboyi made these remarks during the 20th anniversary of the Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCS) held at Swakopmund.

The transport and trade corridor, Mboyi says, advances the collective ambition of linking Africa, ensuring economic growth, and promoting trade.

King Philippe arrives in Walvis Bay

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The King of the Belgians landed at Walvis Bay International Airport as he continues his visit to Namibia.

When the Airbus A330-400 commercial aeroplane landed, officials say it was the largest aeroplane the Walvis Bay International Airport has ever received in two decades.

Before landing, the A330-400 used a method called a corkscrew landing, or also spiral landing, which is intended to minimise the risk of the aircraft being hit by anti-aircraft fire from the ground on its way to a destination airport.