Work on the construction of a dry western port facility for Zimbabwe has begun at Walvis Bay in Namibia.

This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Ambassador Joey Bimha on the sidelines of the 8th Zimbabwe-Namibia Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation in Harare this week.

The 19 490 square metre piece of land at Walvis Bay was given to Zimbabwe for the establishment of a dry port facility  in 2007  by the Republic of Namibia under a bilateral agreement.

The facility when fully established should help landlocked Zimbabwe to reduce the cost of importing and exporting its goods to the outside world.

At present goods destined for exports are moved through the ports of Beira Maputo in Mozambique and through the port of Durban, entry or exit points that are said to be more costly than the port of Walvis Bay.

The use of the Walvis Bay also cuts the distance especially for goods exchanged with the north.

In an interview with ZBC News in Harare, Ambassador Bimha said the first phase of establishing the dry port facility on the coast of the Atlantic is complete and the second phase should commence soon to erect buildings.

From the dry port at Walvis Bay, the trans-Kalahari highway also provides a safe and secure route for the movement of goods between Zimbabwe and her clients.

Other bilateral projects between Zimbabwe and Namibia are in the telecommunication sector.

TelOne and Namibia Telecoms have entered into an agreement on the use of a cable communications linked to West Africa thereby making affordable and efficient communication.

The Zimbabwe-Namibia bilateral relations could see the SADC and African dream of unity and solidarity come true if replicated by all member countries in the region and beyond.