Namibia, on Friday became the first SADC country to implement the Container Control Programme, used in the prevention of drug trafficking and other illicit cross-border activities. Speaking at the launch, Deputy Minister of Finance Maureen Hinda-Mbuende said that the project, which was facilitated through a joint initiative by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the World Customs Organisation, is a milestone in the implementation of the Customs Modernisation Programme and strengthening compliance with trade facilitation requirements at Namibia’s ports of entry. European Union Ambassador, Sinikka Antila, meanwhile said the initiative demonstrates Namibia’s leadership and commitment to becoming a logistics hub in southern Africa.