US Ambassador Thomas Daughton delivers address at the Namibia Trade Information Portal Launch. USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub, in partnership with Namibia’s Ministry of Finance and Namibia’s Customs and Excise, launched a powerful new tool on July 22, 2015 to increase and facilitate cross-border trade. Namibia’s Trade Information Portal is a web-based platform that provides an authoritative “one-stop shop” of readily accessible trade, customs, and compliance information.

US Ambassador to the Republic of Namibia Thomas Daughton (pictured above) told the gathering, “This crucial trade facilitation tool is an example of a Namibian solution to improve Namibian commerce – brought to fruition with the assistance of the United States.”

In his keynote address, Namibia’s Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein said that the Trade Portal reflects the commitment of the Namibian government to build a “robust, knowledge-based society” through various modernization projects, cautioning that the portal must be kept up-to-date if it is to be sustainable and relevant.

DeeDee du Toit of the Walvis Bay Users’ Association (WBUA), called the trade portal “a dream come true” for the import-export communities.

Photo: US Ambassador Thomas Daughton delivers address at the Namibia Trade Information Portal Launch.

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