Port authority and IUM combine efforts

10 December 2018 | Education

Bisey Uirab, Namport CEO- “This agreement is to facilitate on-the-job training and complement theoretical academic training in selected courses.”

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) and the International University of Management (IUM) recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU).

Namport CEO Bisey Uirab said the venture will provide opportunities for IUM students to undertake internships at Namport.

“This is to facilitate on-the-job training and complement theoretical academic training in selected courses. Namport will provide mentorship, coaching and guidance to interns in various disciplines while undertaking experiential learning. We believe that, through this arrangement IUM would be in a position to serve as a human resources feeder in selected fields to Namport's future human resources needs.”

In addition, Namport will cooperate with IUM and provide highly skilled research capabilities to undertake relevant research in the Erongo region and the country that focuses on exploring opportunities the Blue Economy presents.

“As it stands, opportunities presented by the Blue Economy has not been adequately explored largely due to the absence of coordinated efforts.”

Uirab emphasised that the Blue Economy provides opportunities for tourism, mining and fishing industries. These, if properly coordinated, could address pertinent challenges the country is faced with such as employment creation, poverty alleviation and income generation.

“We therefore hope that Namport and IUM would take the lead to initiate properly researched recommendations on how best Namibia could leverage the opportunities that the Blue Economy presents under the MOU.”

IUM also signed MOUs with Hafeni Tours and Travel, Tsaobis Nature Park Rest Camp, Big Brother Guesthouse and Benguela Kayak Tours.