Do Mar Fishing breaks ground for construction of logistical hub
The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resource Derek Klazen officiated the event, with the governor of the Erongo Region Neville Andre, the mayor of Walvis Bay Trevino Forbes and the chairman of the Walvis Bay Council David Uushona in attendance.
Klazen said that marine resources should not only benefit those who are employed in the sector, those who have fishing rights or companies which are operating in the sector, but should benefit the Namibian nation. "I thus call upon all the stakeholders to make sure that this objective is achieved. Success can only be measured through the promotion of sustainable and responsible fisheries. We cannot continue to allow a situation where only a few are participants in this very important Industry and controlling the entire value chain. I believe that the time is ideal for all industry players to pave the way for this transformation to take place and hereby challenge the industry leaders to be catalysts in this endeavour."
The minister emphasised that government is duty bound to provide an environment in which businesses and entrepreneurs can flourish. "This we will continue to do. But for us to do this and grow the economy sustainably, we need the input and commitment of every Namibian who is a participant in this industry to adhere to the relevant laws and policies that govern our conduct. As a ministry, we will spare no effort and will continue to implement practical policies and scorecards aimed at encouraging empowerment, investment and industrialization resulting in an improvement in the ease of doing business and economic growth in the fishing industry,"
Klazen said that the ministry will continue to put measures in place to support the local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) so that they can become more profitable and effectively participate in the country's mainstream economy particularly for the youth, women, and veterans, amongst others. "I therefore urge companies and individuals to take advantage of the opportunities in the industry value chain and establish new business ventures such as the one we are witnessing today."
The owner of Do Mar Fishing Antonio Rodriques explained that the company plans to build a mixed development which will be the first of its kind fish logistic hub, catering for everyone in the fishing industry and outside the fishing industry, and in doing so adding significant value to the industry as a whole. "The future Do Mar fish logistic hub will have a western and eastern wing that will work in coaction with one another. The west wing will house the operations, clearing and forwarding, servicing of the fleet, fish shop and bonded warehouse. The eastern wing will be catering for container storage, handling, packing, charging, weighbridge and diesel storage for our fleet,"
According to Rodriques, the fishing industry is not for the faint-hearted. "It is a very challenging industry with its complexities. The chain of logistics from catching the fish to the end user who puts the fish on their plate for consumption is a chain that Do Mar Fishing is part of and we take pride in our part as one of the leading fish traders in the country."
Do Mar Fishing employs 18 workers and the new logistic hub will create 20 more employment opportunities.