Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) president Bisey Uirab on Thursday said the chamber will continue playing a leading role in working closely with other sectoral bodies to unify and address issues that affect Namibian businesses.
Uirab made the remarks while paying a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House, where he introduced the newly elected directors to lead the NCCI board for the next five years.
“As the new board of NCCI we held a retreat where we crafted a new strategic roadmap for the chamber for the next five years aimed at strengthening relations with stakeholders, specifically the government, to influence policy direction so that the environment becomes favourable to do business and stimulate the economic growth in Namibia,” Uirab said.
The process of formulating the strategic plan gave the chamber the opportunity to take stock of past successes and challenges so it can determine its vision and goals particularly in light of current challenges, and to put forward strategies for development not only in response to changing needs but also as an active and participating agent of change and economic growth, he said.
“NCCI commits to support and ensure that Namibia business remains competitive nationally and internationally. We are going to give special attention to the depleting SME sector which is regarded as the pillar and cornerstone of the economy,” he said.
The NCCI president noted that the government has been quite responsive to introducing practical immediate measures to assist the business sector to weather the current economic turmoil. However, mid to long-term support measures that address the key hurdles barring the re-emergence of the vibrant SMEs sector also need to be considered.
In response, Geingob said he is looking forward to working with the private sector to enhance economic growth and to implement State policy, so that the problem of inequality and race discrimination can be addressed.
He added that the private sector and the government must instil hope in Namibia to fight poverty by creating job opportunities even during these challenging times.
The NCCI board is spearheaded by Uirab as president, with Ian Collard as first vice president and Patty Karuaihe-Martin as second vice president.
Maiya Nghikembwa is the board secretary while other directors are Simson Haulofu, Conrad Lutombi, Brent Eiseb, Amalia Schmidt, Edwin Kamatoto, Parastus Nepolo, Sara Katiti, Leake Hangala, Charity Mwiya, Sven Thieme, Ben Hauwanga, Vetu Mungunda, Martha Murorua and Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi.
Source: Namibia Press Agency (NAMPA)