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UK Trade and Investment rail specialist visits Namibia

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UKTI rail specialist, Jake Rudham, visited Namibia from 07-08 July 2014 to gain a better understanding of Namibia’s rail plans and needs.

UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) rail specialist, Jake Rudham, visited Namibia from 07-08 July 2014 to gain a better understanding of Namibia’s rail plans and needs. UKTI is the UK Government’s trade promotion body. Mr Rudham’s visit follows the success of the fact-finding mission by a British business delegation to Namibia, which took place from 23–24 September 2013.

The visit will help provide UK companies with updates on opportunities in the Namibian rail sector and help determine what British expertise is needed. Mr. Rudham’s visit is in response to the Namibian Government’s request for greater commercial engagement by British companies in the Namibian private and public sectors.

Mr Rudham met with the Minister of Works and Transport, the Permanent Secretary of the National Planning Commission, as well as representatives of Trans Namib, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Namport and British Business Group member Ernst and Young. After the visit, Mr. Rudham concluded: ‘I had a number of very productive meetings and it’s clear that there are some great opportunities for UK companies in Namibia. I believe UK companies have got the right skills and experience to help Namibia develop its infrastructure projects. We look forward to further engagement and developing these opportunities’. It is envisaged that there will be more UK companies engaging with TransNamib on projects such as the TransKalahari Railway.