WINDHOEK: Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry Tjekero Tweya has called on local retailers to allow small Namibian businesses to market their products in the larger retailers’ shops.
Tweya was speaking at the opening of a two-day Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) conference in the capital on Monday.
The two-day conference, which is taking place at a local hotel, is being hosted by Excel Business Consultancy in partnership with the publishers of the ‘Who’s Who Namibia’ publication. It is endorsed by the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI).
“I am asking the South African companies such as Shoprite to allow local produce to be sold in their shops,” he said.
This, he said, would promote local products and contribute to the economic development of the country as part of companies’ corporate social activities.
Tweya went on to say that there “are corporates that are not answering government’s call to expand their corporate activities to the community in order to alleviate poverty and unemployment.”
He further challenged local corporates to expand their corporate responsibilities and be creative, before commending companies that go beyond what is expected of them to give young Namibians training and scholarships.
The deputy minster added that investments by the business community in the promotion of matters such as education and health can have a direct impact on the productivity of communities and the profitability of the private sector.
He said the sensitivity of a firm to the concerns of a society can contribute positively to its reputation and the acceptability of its products.
Tweya also encouraged companies to introduce CSR awards to acknowledge the work of those that make considerable efforts and impacts.
The conference ends on Tuesday.