Namibia, Germany sign shipping agreement

New Era, 2 February 2017

Logistsics Hub

Windhoek-Following two days of negotiations, Germany and Namibia signed a bilateral merchant shipping agreement aimed at transforming Namibia into a logistics hub for the southern African region.

The agreement was signed by German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Director General Reinhard Klingen, and Ministry of Works and Transport Permanent Secretary Willem Goeiemann in Windhoek on Tuesday.

This agreement is bound to further strengthen and develop economic relations between the two countries and also promote Namibia’s transformation into a logistics hub for the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The German negotiating team consisted of Klingen, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Head of Department for International Maritime Policy, Peter Escherich, and Jürgen Göpel of the Department for International and National Affairs of Seafarers.

While the Namibian negotiating consisted of Goeiemann, Director of the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) Cornelius Bundje, Acting Director of Maritime Affairs, Captain Lucas Kufuna, Port Captain – Port of Walvis Bay, Pinehas Auene as well as representatives of Namibian Ports Authority (NamPort) and other senior officials from MWT, NAMFI, and the Office of the Attorney General.

Today the delegation is to visit NamPort and NAMFI in Walvis Bay in order to explore areas of cooperation.

Germany ranks first in the World Bank’s global Logistics Performance Index 2016.

For more news on the issue also click on Namibia Economist: "In a statement announcing the agreement, the two teams stated 'Shipping is the most cost-effective way to transport the vast majority of goods in international trade and will be central for global sustainable development and growth. Germany ranks first in the World Bank’s global Logistics Performance Index 2016. Short turn-around times, the interlinking of different modes of transport and advanced logistics strategies help make this possible. Under the agreement and the envisaged cooperation projects, German companies can provide this know-how to make a major contribution to more trade and growth in and with Africa.'”


intergov agreement

Following the last Intergovernmental Negotiations on Development Cooperation between Namibia and Germany, today Hon. Tom Alweendo, Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission and H.E. Christian Matthias Schlaga, Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany signed a Financial and a Technical Cooperation Agreement between Germany and Namibia totalling 71.9 million Euro.

At said negotiations in October 2015 both governments agreed to continue the successful cooperation in the three focal areas of Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Economic Development and Transport/Logistics. The importance of skilled labour for development was emphasised by all partners and is treated as a crosscutting issue in all focal areas, through support to vocational education and training as well as higher education.

Hon. Tom Alweendo emphasised that the focal areas of the cooperation are to support the Namibian Government in its efforts to reduce poverty and unemployment, to improve the population’s overall living conditions and to strengthen the country’s infrastructure, as well as to foster economic development. He said that all of Germany’s support is fully aligned to the Harambee Prosperity Plan and to Namibia’s National Development Plans. Ambassador Schlaga reiterated Germany’s commitment to remain a reliable partner despite Namibia’s status as an upper-middle income country.

The agreements include grants of 30 million Euro for projects to be financed through the German Development Bank (KfW). Individual projects to be funded include the extension and maintenance of the Namibian road system as well as infrastructure support to the extension of the UNAM campus in Ongwediva and Katima Mulilo. A new project will improve solid waste management in Namibia’s protected areas. Additional funding was provided for the finalization of the ongoing projects of the Namibia-German Special Initiative. The project will officially be closed at the end of the year.

A total of 39.9 million Euro will be implemented through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) for programmes such as the Promotion of Vocational Education and Training, Support to Land Reform, Sustainable Use of Namibia’s Mineral Potential, Strengthening of Institutional and Management Capacity of the Road Sector, Biodiversity-Management and Climate Change, Groundwater Management in Northern Namibia and Support to Conservancies.

Due to the historic connection between Namibia and Germany, their partnership has remained close and constructive ever since Namibia became independent in 1990. Development cooperation is a key factor in this partnership and Germany is Namibia’s largest bilateral development partner.

The next bilateral Negotiations on Development Cooperation are envisaged to take place in Namibia in 2017.

Ausschuss für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung des Deutschen Bundestages vom 23. bis 26. Mai 2016 in Namibia

AWZDelegation PressekonferenzAusschuss für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung des Deutschen Budestages bei der Pressekonferenz (© Deutsche Botschaft)

Der Fokus des Besuchs lag auf den mit Mitteln des Bundesministeriums für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung geförderten Programmen zum Management natürlicher Ressourcen. Darunter fallen u.a. die Förderung von Ausbildungsprogrammen im landwirtschaftlichen Sektor, die Unterstützung der kommunalen Landreform und der Aufbau institutioneller Kapazitäten für die nachhaltig produktive Nutzung natürlicher Ressourcen. Hierzu führte die Delegation Gespräche mit den zuständigen Regionalpolitikern und Vertretern aus dem Agrarbereich und besuchte das landwirtschaftliche Ausbildungszentrum in Mashare (Region Kavango-Ost).

Delegation Besuch in Rundu Delegation Besuch Utoni Nujoma

Treffen mit Hon. Utoni Nujoma (© Deutsche Botschaft)                            Besuch eines Projekts der Kommunalen Landreform (© Deutsche Botschaft)

Bei den Treffen mit Parlamentspräsident Prof. Peter Katjavivi, Dr. Zed Ngavirue, Minister Utoni Nujoma und Oppositionsführer McHenry Venaani in Windhuk standen die Themen Armutsbekämpfung, die namibische Entwicklungsstrategie „Vision 2030“ sowie ein Informationsaustausch über den deutsch-namibischen Versöhnungsprozess auf dem Programm.

Die Delegation wurde geleitet von der Ausschussvorsitzenden Dagmar G. Wöhrl und den Abgeordneten Prof. Dr. Egon Jüttner, Johannes Selle (alle CDU/CSU), Heinz- Joachim Barchmann (SPD) und Niema Movassat (DIE LINKE).

Der Besuch fand unabhängig von den zeitgleich stattfindenden Verhandlungen beider Regierungen zum Versöhnungsprozess statt.

Delegation Besuch in OkahandjaBesuch der Hererogräber Okahandja (© Deutsche Botschaft)



acpSpeaker Prof. Peter Katjavivi (4th from left) pictured with Members of Parliament of the German Bundestag delegatio; left to right: German Ambassador to Namibia, H.E. Christian Schlaga, MP Dr Egon Jüttner, MP Dagmar Wöhrl, Prof. Katjavivi, MP Johannes Selle, MP Niema Movassat

Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter H. Katjavivi met with a delegation of visiting Members of Parliament of the German Bundestag Parliamentary Standing Committee for Economic Development and Cooperation earlier on 23 May 2016. The aim of the visit is to have meetings with members of the Namibian Parliament, members of the Government, Political Foundations and the NGO's as well as to visit Namibian-German development cooperation projects throughout the country. In his remarks to the visiting delegation, Speaker Katjavivi, with reference to the on-going dialogue over the 1904 genocide, he stated that from the Namibian Parliamentary perspective, "we want to achieve a win-win outcome, which will contribute to the healing of the wounds relating to our common past", and he continued to stress the importance of dealing with the matter in the most amicable way. cpa1


The German Bundestag delegation is led by Ms. Dagmar Wöhl (MP), accompanied by German Ambassador to Namibia, H.E Christian Schlaga.

Please click on the photos to enlarge them.

Delegationsreise des Ausschusses für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (AWZ) nach Namibia und Südafrika, vom 22. - 28. Mai 2016, Minister Dr. Zephania Kameeta, Bischof em., trifft Mitglieder des AWZ

Während seines Deutschlandaufenthaltes vom 05. bis 11. Mai 2016, nutzte Dr. Zephania Kameeta, Bischof Emeritus, Minister für Armutsausmerzung und Sozialfürsorge, die Möglichkeit zu einem ausgedehnten Gespräch mit Abgeordneten des Deutschen Bundestages in Vorbereitung der Reise der AWZ Mitglieder nach Südafrika und Namibia vom 22. - 28. Mai 2016.

AWZ Hon KameetaFoto von links nach rechts hintere Reihe: Herr Johannes Selle, MdB; Dr. Egon Jüttner, MdB; Herr Heinz-Joachim Barchmann, MdB; Botschafter Andreas Guibeb; Frau Dagmar Wöhrl, Vorsitzende des AWZ-Ausschusses, MdB; Minister Dr. Zephania Kameeta, Bischof em.; Herr Niema Movassat, MdB; Herr Dr. Sascha Raabe, MdB. Vordere Reihe von links nach rechts: Frau Ivonne Kaukuetu, Persönliche Assistentin des Ministers; Frau Dr. Uschi Eid, Präsidentin der Deutschen Afrika-Stiftung und Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin a.D. im Ministerium für Wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung (BMZ)

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