WINDHOEK: Government will continue to create appropriate policy interventions and a condusive environment that allows for industrialisation and increased agricultural production to take place, the Namibian president said yesterday.
Speaking during the official opening of the 58th annual Windhoek Industrial and Agricultural Show, President Hifikepunye Pohamba said the development of a national industrial policy, which is currently under review, and the establishment of industrial parks around the country are testimony to the government’s commitment to the promotion of entrepreneurship and manufacturing in Namibia.
He said the government also introduced an Equipment Aid Scheme, aimed at providing production equipment to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in order to enhance industrial activities in the country.
Pohamba commended the establishment of institutions such as the Development Bank of Namibia, the Agricultural Bank of Namibia (AgriBank) and the SME Bank, which will facilitate access to finance to the SME sector.
The main aim of these institutions is to promote economic growth, which is essential for national development and the creation of more jobs for the Namibian people.
The Namibian leader then commended the organisers of the show for creating business opportunities for SMEs, saying the event also provides entertainment to families while enabling visitors to obtain information on goods and services being offered by various exhibitors.
Concerned Keetmanshoop residents are planning a sit-in in front of the Keetmanshoop Town Council building next week in a show of disappointment in the running of the council’s affairs.
Community activist Ernst Jash told Nampa today that he and a number of community members are planning on camping in front of the building as from Monday next week.
Jash said the community is tired of the lack of development and lack of answers to their questions regarding the stagnant decentralised Build-Together progamme, adding that the last Build-Together houses were built in 2006 or 2007.
They want mayor Moses Titus to explain what is hindering the council for five years now from building even just one house.
Another issue bothering community members is the council’s decision to place Keetmanshoop Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Paul Vleermuis on special leave from 02 October until 07 October, after allegations that he had appointed a lawyer to represent the council in a labour case without council approval.