Namibia-Congo-Trade

Namibia, Congo Brazzaville to cooperate on ports

APA-Windhoek (Namibia)

The Namibian Port Authority (Namport) and the Port Authority Porte Noire in the Republic of Congo are set to sign a cooperation agreement to promote intra-regional trade in Africa, APA learnt here on Wednesday.

A delegation from Port Noire held talks with their counterparts at Namport on Wednesday to facilitate the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU).

Namport chief executive Bisey /Uirab noted that the MoU was vital to Namibia and Congo as the two countries are aiming to promote intra-regional trade in Africa.

“It is therefore of cardinal importance that we conclude the discussions and finalise the agreement,” /Uirab said.

He said Port Pointe Noire is a significant player in the shipping industry and shares mutual customers in terms of shipping lines with Namport.

“Just like Namport, the port also serves landlocked countries and hence it is important that we share knowledge and expertise,” he said.

The 10-member Congolese delegation, which has been in Namibia since Monday, is led by Marie Thérèse Avemeka, Congo’s ambassador to Namibia.

“Congo is excited to see the finalisation of the MoU seeing as these talks commenced more than three years ago. We are however also not shy to admit that there have been challenges on finalising the agreement, however we have now managed to work them out,” said Avemeka.

“We have to continue building, engaging and exchanging for the mutual benefit of both ports and their respective countries.”

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