Walvis Bay Fishing School Launches Magazine

Rudi Bowe 

The Walvis Bay Fishing School (WBFS) will launch the Walvis Bay Fishing School Magazine at a Fundraising Gala Dinner on Saturday, 5 February at the Walvis Bay Town Hall.

As the introduction phase, the magazine will be playing a leading role in providing and disseminating information for and about the fisheries, aquaculture and maritime sectors in Namibia and serve as a community education tool for the Walvis Bay Fishing School that was established with the core mandate to provide basic fishing and maritime education to bridge the shortage of Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) skills in the value chain.
Founder member of the WBFS Knowledge Ndunge Ipinge said the Fishing School will operate a residential program created a-round practical training that build skills and experience aimed at get-ting our students into full time employment or entrepreneurship.
Ipinge said, “we have entered into a strategic partnership with Dove Air to establish Namibia’s first ever Drone Research and Development Hub with focus mainly on assembling unmanned aerial drones, creating new avenues of employment for recruitment in the Fourth Indus-trial Revolution (4IR) and to teach our youth new aligned TVET skills as the market share for drone technology increases.”
The training process will involve in-depth unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) training for trainers and globally recognised certification so that the local team can train new UAV operators as the next generation of future industry leaders. This facility is needed to support operations of the delivered aircraft and support the needs of a production line as we grow the drone industry in Namibia through industrialisation.
Ipinge said, “as part of our long-term vision we are providing both efficient and cost-effective solutions for fisheries management, aid delivery, maritime and offshore services which will assist the Government of the Republic of Namibia in meeting legislative objectives in line with the Ports States Measures Agreement (PSMA), demonstrate sustainability, sup-port traceability schemes and reduce Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing in our territorial waters.”
Ipinge said the event will be graced by an Inter-national Keynote Speaker, Francisco Serra-Martins who is the Founder/CEO of Dove Air and a Forbes 30 under 30 Honouree in consumer technology.
Dove Air, is a cooperation engagement partner with the United Nations (UN) founded by Serra-Martins for drone aid delivery and maritime patrols across nine countries and recently teamed up with young Namibian entrepreneurs to register a Namibian subsidiary Dove Air Technologies CC.
Serra-Martins is a recognised leader by the Geneva Center of Security Policy, Member of the UNDP Accelerator Lab and supported by the Dra-per Associates.
He is passionate about applying design principles to reinvent how people connect with technology and is also the founder of a smart keyboard start-up called Sonder Design, which he sold to the world’s largest manufacturer Foxconn Inter-national Holdings who is a trusted supplier of Apple Inc.
Serra-Martins, personally led negotiations and secured an USD 11 million (N$ 172 million) contract for an entire eco-system of services like surveillance, logistics, emergency medical aid capabilities and analysis for rapid deployment over 200 000 km².
Serra-Martins, is responsible for identifying and advising the Directors of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) Institute on strategies and implementation of new technologies and solutions in line with focus areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Health-care or Sustainability by networking with academic communities, start-ups, and/or venture capital communities.
Francisco Serra-Martins will be leading a discussion alongside the founder of WBFS, Knowledge Ndunge Ipinge and other Namibian experts and stakeholders on how Namibia can accelerate industrialization through unmanned aerial drones and techpreneurship.
To become involved, you may purchase a single ticket for N$1 000 or a full corporate table for N$10 000, or make an in-kind donation that can go a long way to make our event successful.
Your generous participation will provide essential financial sup-port for many important endeavours of WBFS and our community outreach programming. For more information or to become involved, please inquire by email at:
info@walvisbayfishingschool.com

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