The construction of phase one of the Walvis Bay dry port  facility is now almost  complete with calls of interest already sent out for those willing to set up facilities at the port in Namibia.

The project, which started in 2009, is now above 90 percent complete with all the civil works at the site now concluded.

The ZBC News is reliably informed that work remains on a 50-metre pavement which is expected to be finalised soon.

A call of  interest for business to set up facilities and occupy space at the dry port has already been issued, with a sensitisation initiative now on the cards to raise awareness within the business community.

According to the Association of SADC Chambers of Commerce and Industry President, Mr Oswell Binha, the completion of  the dry port has raised hope  within the business community as it offers a strategic gateway to the sea for  local players with the potential to boost trade between Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Despite the project stalling owing to funding challenges, the completion of the dry port is also viewed as a critical component in supporting the thrust towards  the ease of doing business as highlighted by the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce President, Mr Davison Norupiri.

The government of Namibia granted Zimbabwe 19000 square metres of land in 2009 to construct its own dry port to boost trade.

The country’s trade volumes through Walvis Bay have significantly grown over the years to around 2500 tonnes per month.