NCCI aims to drive Nam as SADC logistics hub


The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) is aiming at establishing National Agenda Committees (NACs) in the near future, according to its president, Sven Thieme.

Thieme announced this during the NCCI's 2017 National Council Meeting held on Thursday in the capital.

"The NACs will be the premier thought-leadership groups of the chamber which will spur new thinking on strategic economic issues and provide private sector input to the National Reform Agenda," he said.

Additionally, the NCCI has called upon and strongly urged its corporate executives to avail their time, expertise and resources to this critical responsibility of the chamber, stating that it is only through active participation and support that it can make meaningful contribution and impact in this regard.

"I am also confident that in the coming year, our long awaited High-Level Public Private Dialogue will materialise. These committees will be assigned a specific thematic area of importance to national development under the High-Level Dialogue Forum," he said.

Thieme noted that the business sector is keen to partner with Government to get things done, but that policy stability, good governance and transparency to enable good partnerships between the government and businesses are needed.

"I am happy to state that the NCCI is positioning itself strongly in the changing economic policy and during the second half of 2017, we intensified our collaboration with other business associations to formulate joint positions and deliver one voice in the policy making process in a way that balances national interests and business sector interests" Thieme said.

Addressing the same event, themed, Investing in Innovative Infrastructure to Drive Namibia as SADC's Logistics Hub, Works and Transport Minister, Alpheus !Naruseb echoed Thieme's sentiments, adding that Namibia has potential for future development, especially in transportation and logistics.

It is our considered view that given Namibia's geographical location, we are strategically positioned to serve as a trade route to and from the entire southern African region, the minister noted.

He outlined the country's Vision 2030, Fifth National Development Plan and Harambee Prosperity Plan objectives that ensure transport and logistics become key development priorities.

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