New Era (Windhoek)

12 October 2012

Namibia: Gnassingbé Wants Lomé-Namport Partnership

Walvis Bay — Togolese president, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé yesterday said that Namibia and Togo should strengthen bilateral agreements to increase economic growth, trade opportunities, training and the management of fisheries resources.

The president also extended an invitation to the chief executive officer of the Namibian Port Authority (Namport), Bisey Uirab, to visit the Port of Lomé, during a visit to Walvis Bay yesterday. Lomé is the capital of Togo.

"[The] Port of Lomé is not yet developed like Namport, but we are motivated to develop it into a fully-fledged world-class port. We value the input of Namport and need to partner with Namibia to make this a reality," Gnassingbé said.

He added that many ports around the world have already become efficient and provide excellent, safe and world-class standard services to clients and Togo needs to follow suit.

Gnassingbé said Africa is increasingly becoming important in global trade and the continent requires countries to join hands in order to develop international trade destinations and trade routes. "We need landlocked countries just as much as they need us, therefore we must constantly re-invent our trading routes," he said. He also congratulated Namibia and Namport for the excellent transport corridor network to promote trade with landlocked countries.

Uirab said Namport is keen on partnering with Togo. "We are currently looking at knowledge sharing and are also looking at ways how we can further strengthen existing partnerships," said Uirab.

This is the first ever visit of the Togolese president to Namibia.

President Gnassingbé visited the Walvis Bay Salt Refiners, the Namibian Fisheries Institute, as well as Merlus Fishing company before returning to Windhoek yesterday evening.

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