Enhancing trade between Walvis Bay and Pointe-Noire

Creating ties that bind

10 October 2019 | Local News

Mayor of Walvis Bay Alderman Immanuel Wilfred "It is also my wish that these agreements encourage local businesses and organisations to engage with their counterparts in these countries to reap the benefits".

Walvis Bay • Leandrea Louw

A delegation led by Kandjo Jean Francois, mayor and parliamentarian from Pointe-Noire, Congo, was on a four-day visit to Walvis Bay to strengthen existing relations between the two towns.
Earlier this year a delegation consisting of the mayor of Walvis Bay, Alderman Immanuel Wilfried, chairperson of the management committee, Lilo Niilenge, and the public relations and customer service manager, Kevin Adams, visited Pointe-Noire in the Republic of Congo.
The two cities signed an inter-municipal relationship agreement and are now officially proclaimed as friendship cities.
Subsequently representatives of the Autonomous Port Authority of Pointe-Noire recently visited their counterparts in Walvis Bay, to kick start procedures leading to the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the two ports.
Alderman Wilfred said that Namibia and Congo have a long history and signing this agreement with Pointe-Noire will allow the two cities to foster and strengthen their relationship. “It is important that good relations with various countries be established because often we share the same challenges and sharing plans can accelerate growth and development.
“It is also my wish that these agreements encourage local businesses and organisations to engage with their counterparts in these countries to reap the benefits. After all, interacting and trading with others is one way of making this world a better place”.
On his part, Francois said that his country is keen to import fish from Namibia and appealed to businesses to collaborate with them in terms of exporting timber from Congo.
“These are just some of the economic benefits that our countries can explore. Hence we want to encourage Namibian businesses to visit our country and see how they can partner and create mutual economic benefits,” he said.
The delegation arrived on Monday and visited Namport, the new container terminal, Tunacor Fisheries, undertook a township tour of the informal markets, Kuisebmond Housing extension 10, Tutaleni, Independence Beach, the salt refinery, and enjoyed a boat cruise and 4X4 dune excursion.
The delegation departed for Congo on Thursday morning.

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