Mapping the road to economic recovery

The 12th annual logistics and transport webinar focused on discussing ways the industry can recover amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.

03 November 2020 | Infrastructure

Brighten Simasiku; Project manager; “It unlocked discussions on the various areas that need pertinent attention. . .”

The 12th annual logistics and transport webinar saw local and international experts map out the road to recovery after the devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Namibian-German Centre of Logistics (NGCL) in collaboration with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) hosted the half-day workshop under the theme “Shifting Covid-19 effects towards economic recovery”.

Brighten Simasiku, project manager for NGCL, said Namibia was well on its way to establish herself as a logistics hub when the Covid-19 pandemic crumbled all efforts.

“The purpose of the workshop was to support the development for the logistics and transport sector and to discuss matters relevant and important to the development of the industry. The road to recovery will require massive investment as well as the participation of all relevant stakeholders.”

He said the workshop presented an opportunity to share ideas and discover best practices relevant to the logistics and transport sector amidst and post the Covid-19 economic challenge.

“It unlocked discussions on the various areas that need pertinent attention.”

Speakers included experts sharing a global perspective of Covid-19 from the UK, USA as well as South Africa. Local logistics experts and economists also shared the current state of affairs in Namibia, concerning the industry.

“The challenges will remain for a while; shipping lines are still subjected to quarantine, container ports continue to receive cancellations and working from home has exposed numerous strengths and weaknesses in the industry. Since the logistics and transport industry is an inter-face based industry, this is one of the industries that received a deep cut working from home,” Simasiku said.

He said the discussions at the end of the workshop leaned towards suggestions, with the majority agreeing to a digital economic development plan as an absolute option for many industry players.

“For business to continue in the transport and logistics industry, a re-think on sustainable measures is significant. This will also give a boost to employee productivity. During these trying times, the logistics industry needs cost effective measures to accommodate the economic downturn that we are all experiencing right now.”

Some of the topics covered by the panellists and speakers included the effects of Covid-19 on global logistics, Covid’s effects on trade facilitation, new freight forwarding regulations, the transport’s industry response to the pandemic, and building small business capacity to support logistics operations.

The webinar can still be viewed on the YouTube channel of the Walvis Bay Corridor Group at .

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