Brazil eyes Namibian port as trade gateway to southern Africa

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-14 20:04:10|Editor: Zhou Xin
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WINDHOEK, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- Brazil continues to show interest in working with Namibian entities to facilitate imports and exports between the two countries, as traction picks up on the Namibian logistics hub concept.

Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG), CEO, Johny Smith on Thursday said at a recent information session hosted by the WBCG in Walvis Bay, three Brazilian companies presented their company profiles to representatives from the mining, fisheries, manufacturing and logistics sectors.

"Brazil being the closest and most industrialized international market by sea to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region offers a lot of opportunities to our logistics hub initiative," he added.

According to Smith, after the initial profiling session, the potential clients met with individuals from both private and public sector to identify co-operating partners based on their services and capabilities.

WBCG Business Development Representative in Brazil, Ricardo Latkani, said one of the Brazilian companies, Zaltana Pescados, is interested in importing Namibian Hake to Brazil and exporting fresh water fish to SADC.

"The second company, Enaex Britanite, is looking into possibilities to set up warehousing for mining detonators and explosives and investing in infrastructure projects, while the third company, Teccoil, seeks to establish an assembly line of alternators and engine starters respectively," Latkani said.

Meanwhile, since setting up a branch office in Sao Paulo in 2012, WBCG has been exploring and developing the trade route as an alternative for imports and exports between South America and Southern Africa.