OSHAKATI: Businesswomen from all over Namibia on Thursday gathered at a hotel in Oshakati for the one-day 13th Economist Businesswomen Conference.
The conference is hosted in northern Namibia under the patronage of Businesswoman of the Year 1999 Saara Elago every year, and is tailored to suit all women who want to increase their professionalism, job satisfaction, add value to their organisations and encourage entrepreneurship.
A member of the Board of Telecom Namibia, Feitjie Veldskoen, officially opened the conference, which was attended by several prominent businesswomen such as Businesswoman of the Year 2011 Nangula Uaandja; Telecom Namibia’s Head of Marketing Amanda Hauanga; and Afra Schimming-Chase, founder of Chase & Associates.
Telecom Namibia is the main sponsor of this year’s conference.
Delivering her official opening address, Veldskoen stated that events like the Businesswomen Conference provide an opportunity for women to come together to share knowledge with great Namibian women who are leaders in their respective fields within society.
“In other words, this is a forum where women can pool ideas, talents, and strategies for personal and professional achievement,” she noted.
Veldskoen added that opportunities like that offered by the Economist Businesswomen Conference help to strengthen the foundations on which women in Namibia can strive and prosper.
On behalf of Telecom Namibia, Veldskoen reaffirmed the company’s continued support for the advancement of businesswomen in Namibia through what she termed the Namibia Businesswomen Projects being run under the auspices of the Economist Businesswomen Club.
She went on to say that Telecom strongly believes that women are important contributors to the company’s business, economy and society, and that they have the potential to play even greater roles if they are given the right tools, encouragement and the opportunities.
Veldskoen also stated that Telecom Namibia decided to partner with the Economist Businesswomen Club in the Economist Businesswomen Conference initiative, because the company is convinced that the event is a reinforcement of Namibians’ common efforts to promote and support women entrepreneurship and empowerment.
She then congratulated businesswomen on the work they are doing and commended them for their participation at this year’s conference.
The conference is organised by the Economist Businesswomen Club.