The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) has started its hunt for a new CEO, with services of a recruitment agency having been enlisted to assist the company’s board to find a suitable candidate.
The development at the port’s authority, come as incumbent, Bisey /Uirab’s term in drawing to an end after a ten-year stint.
“Over the past ten years, the Board evaluated the performance of Mr /Uirab as agreed upon and monitored his leadership role, in achieving the overall strategy of Namport. It is with great pride that we reflect on a successful ten years during which Mr /Uirab diligently steered the authority from a fairly medium sized public enterprise into the regionally acclaimed logistics and maritime industry leader which it has transformed into,” the company memo stated.
Since his appointment in 2009, /Uirab has been created with turning around the fortunes of the state-owned company and below are some of notable achievements credited to his leadership by the Namport board.
• Strategy development and execution – a rolling five-year strategic plan was developed and approved by the Board. The plan is aligned to the ideals of Vision 2030 and NDP5, focusing on infrastructure development and the logistics sectors. A number of projects have been identified as key to the achievement of the overarching purpose of Namport. The board is satisfied with the progress made in achieving these strategic objectives.
• Leadership style - He has built a formidable team that worked with him to raise the profile of Namport within and beyond Namibia’s borders. He has specifically focused on capacity building of his team members, and young Namibians, specifically focusing on advanced training in the maritime industry.
• Stakeholder Engagement – Mr /Uirab interacts effectively with various stakeholders, in sharing the vision and mission of Namport and communicating important information with these role players. The board values the fact that Mr /Uirab has a mature understanding of the role of the political and economic environment in which Namport operates, as well as the role of Namport in achieving the national development priorities.
• Business and financial performance – The port operates in a complex and highly competitive environment. Under the leadership of Mr /Uirab, Namport has delivered relatively good results and revenue increased from N$434 million in 2008 to N$1 billion in 2018. Total cargo tonnage handled through the port increased from N$4.6 million (2008) to N$5.3 million in 2018. The balance sheet grew from N$2.6 billion to N$ 7.2 billion as at the 31st of March 2018. •
• New Container Terminal - Mr Uirab was intimately involved in the planning, execution and strategically guiding the implementation of this project. Upon completion, this asset will add a total of N$4.3 billion to the asset base of the Authority and will see the annual throughput capacity increase threefold from the current 350,000 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) to 1,050,000.
• Localization and empowerment - The port local procurement empowerment and capacitation strategy that has seen the Authority localize a majority of its procurement requirements gained significant impetus during his tenure as the CEO. Namport now boasts of acquiring an average of 80 percent of its total goods and services from Namibian registered and owned companies, thanks to the localization drive, while Small to Medium Enterprises now constitute meaningful role players in the overall Authority’s supplier complement.
• Marginalised community employment - The port has embarked on employment schemes which specifically targeted members of the marginalised communities for training and employment by Namport. Over forty (40) young people from these vulnerable communities were employed though this specially designed program. •
• Corporate Social Investment - key under his stewardship were the initiatives to invest in vulnerable and deserving communities to the tune of N$25 million through the Namport Social Investment Fund. Namport has awarded bursaries to underprivileged and deserving students for studies both locally and abroad.•
• Long term infrastructure development - propagated the North Port development in Walvis Bay, effectively paving the way for Namibia to build one of the biggest bulk handling facilities in the whole of Africa.
• Branding - increased Namport’s profile in the domestic and international markets by working closely with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group and setting up the Walvis Bay Corridor group representative offices in Zambia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Brazil.