Twenty fifth anniversary celebrations

Rudi Bowe 

This year marks the Silver Jubilee of the re-integration of Walvis Bay to Namibia.

The 25th anniversary celebrations, with the theme ‘Walvis Bay, the pulse of the Namibian economy’ of the re-integration of Walvis Bay and the 12 offshore islands into Namibia from South Africa was recently launched with a gala dinner at the harbour town.
With the independence of Namibian in 1990 from South Africa, Walvis Bay and the off-shore islands were still under South African rule until 1 March 1994 when the harbour town after lengthy negotiations was give back to Namibia.
The Deputy Minister of Rural and Urban Development and former Walvis Bay Mayor Derek Klazen said at the gala event “Since 1994 the Port City of Walvis Bay has been on a steady path of inclusive development and economic growth and after mining, the fishing of over 20 fish species landed in Walvis Bay is the second biggest export earner of foreign currency for Namibia”.
“Fishing is the third largest economic sector in terms of contribution to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Although the mainstay of the economic activities in this city is fishing, the transport and logistics sector plays an important role as a catalyst to steady development” Klazen added.
He said the role of the port in the Walvis Bay corridor and inter-country linkages with final destination countries cannot be forgotten.
Neither can the excellent leadership at the local authority level be ignored as the Port of the Walvis Bay corridor with inter-country linkages to final destination countries cannot be forgotten.
Klazen added that the conducive environment for in country investment and the attraction of foreign direct investments ensure that Walvis Bay remains the pulse of the Namibian economy and can be achieved by maintaining steady economic growth, providing training and education to the human capital, liberalising the legal frame-work and other policies bottle-necking in-vestment.
Forming strategic public private partner-ships, investigating and securing additional sources of revenue creation and the sustainable exploitation of niche markets and resources are also essential.
Klazen also called on the Walvis Bay community to unite, and guard against crime and other social harms to the harbour town.
Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjivikua said the celebrations should be appropriate for the fight to integrate the harbour town into the country.
A total amount of N$550 000 was raised from corporate and individuals for the festivities that will be held later in the year.

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