Commerce Programme

Programme Objective

The main purpose of this activity focuses on the initiation, development and adoption of appropriate legal and regulatory instruments, provision of an effective intellectual property regime, conformity assessment, business set-up and related services, consumer protection, franchises and market competition to enable and support increased activities.

In the context of effective domestic market regulation, the following were the major milestones realised during the budget year.

  • The Business Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) Act was promulgated and gazetted.
  • Twenty-nine (29) international standards for quality were adopted under the Namibian Standards Institution (NSI) while eleven (11) are at the final stage of adoption.
  • Forty-six (46) mergers were determined by the Namibian Competition Commission; while fines for contraventions to the Competition Act amounted to N$ 47 million. The Commission also finalised the publication of the External Guidelines for Mergers and Restricted Business Practices.
  • A notable achievement in public-private partnerships is the retail sector, where the Namibian Retail Charter was launched in March 2016. The Retail Charter Governance Council was further established in October 2016, to oversee and monitor the implementation of the Charter, in particular by ensuring regular consultations between retailers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers and create value chains. These processes are coordinated and driven by the Namibia Trade Forum (NTF). The NTF plays an important role of national retail merchandisers’ campaigns; public awareness campaigns; coordination of stakeholders’ consultations; and research on industry players, compliance and policy interventions.
  • The achievements realised with regards to BIPA, the National Single Window and the Retail Charter contributes to the attainment of the Harambee Prosperity Plan targets.
  • For the MTEF period 2017/18 – 2019/20, the key priority areas which are critical for the achievement of developmental and industrialisation objectives are:

Finalisation of Namibia’s Trade Policy Framework which encourages local production, product diversification and increased trade.

  • Finalisation of the Consumer Protection Policy and legal framework that will safeguard consumer interests.
  • Finalisation of the Chemical Weapons Convention Bill to provide a legal framework for the management and control of prohibited chemical substances.
    • Finalisation   of the Namibia Board of Trade  Bill  and establish the Namibia Board of Trade as the national body required under the 2002 SACU Agreement to deal with issues related to unfair trade practices, tariff investigations and tariff setting;
    • Finalisation and operationalisation of the National Single Window Project, a business process reengineering concept  to facilitate and streamline import and export procedures in order to reduce transaction costs in the conduct of business and cross border trade;
    • Service and develop land for the construction of the Namibia International Convention Centre to provide the much needed infrastructure to promote trade in services and market Namibia as a Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Exhibitions (MICE) destination;
    • Continue to secure diversified market access through the conclusion of COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite FTA  and the Continental FTA  negotiations;
    • Continue to support SMEs participation in local, regional and international trade promotion events and other related activities;
    • Ensure the completion of External Trade Centres projects in Angola and DRC, in order to facilitate diversified export of Namibian products to African markets; Continue to conduct research and carry out export development of Namibian products to assist the private sector  diversify their export destinations and to have exportable products  that meet the requirements of the export destinations;
    • Consolidate the organizational and operational capacities of the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA), the Namibian Competition Commission and Namibian Standards Institution.
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