WINDHOEK: Windhoek City Council has commissioned a Central Business District (CBD) revitalisation project aimed at seeking innovative methods to give life to the city centre.
Speaking at the one-day meeting here on Tuesday, Mayor of Windhoek City Alderwomen Elaine Trepper said the City will cooperate with business sector in establishing a committee that would play a advisory role to Council on issues of mutual and development concerns.
Trepper said the committee is to be comprised of Council officials and members community who owns properties and operates their business in the CBD area.
“The main role of the CBD committee is envisaged to market and promote CBD area in a coordinated and integrated manner aimed at enhancing its economic and social viability and its general amenity, making it an exciting and vibrant focus for the whole City of Windhoek,” she said.
The mayor stressed that the committee is expected to pursue and initiative activities at increasing number of visitors to the Windhoek CBD such as tourism opportunities, promoting business and retail activities in the CBD, encouraging employment levels in the CBD and improve accessibility of the CBD such as pedestrians access, transport and parking.
Trepper added that the committee also expected to promote positive stakeholders perceptions of CBD and Coordinate its marketing activities, preserve the CBD culture and heritage, improve safety and security, improve business development climate and encourage integration major development projects within the CBD in support of the CBD master plan.
“I would like to than the City officials and business community for this highly recommendable initiative. From our side as municipal political leadership, are looking forward to a fruitful engagement with the Committee in the spirit of enhancing the quality life of our people and make the CBD a centre of tourism attraction,” she said.
Trepper said the CBD has been facing several development challenges for the past several years amongst others are traffic congestion, lack of parking, lack of residential dwelling, short business hours, emerging shopping malls on the periphery of the City and signs of decaying structures.
The Mayor encouraged the business communities in other business nodes around the City that plans are in motion to roll out a similar initiative to their respective business areas and eventually create a platform where the City’s business community can engage Council on matters related to local economic climate and business environment.