Industrial Development Programme


Programme description
The programme is to create conditions necessary for increased investment and the development of a robust and competitive industrial sector in the country aimed at boosting entrepreneurship among the local population and at increasing entry and participation of emerging and existing small business into the mainstream economy. This involves the development of policies and strategies on industrial development, whose objective is to boost the supply side capacity of local industries and ensure an increased contribution to the manufacturing sector to contribute to GDB.

Industrial Planning and Business Development

Objective of Programme

To create conditions necessary for increased investment and the development of a robust and competitive industrial sector and to oversee the overall industrial development and industrialisation of the country. The mission was to achieve equitable and sustainable industrial development, income and employment creation by providing an enabling environment through pro-active, accountable leadership and professional services.

Output and achievement:
The Industrial Policy Implementation and Strategic Framework titled “Growth at Home; Namibia’s Execution Strategy for Industrialization “was considered and approved by Cabinet towards the end of 2014. This strategy outlines specific goals and action plans that need to be carried out to come closer to our industrialization goals during 2015-2020.  Growth at Home is meant to facilitate the achievement of higher contribution to manufacturing output and value added activities by specifically targeting sectors in which Namibia possesses comparative advantage. The Growth at Home execution plan has also been endorsed as per SADC Industrial Policy Framework and Roadmap.

The Industrial Upgrading and Modernisation Programme approved 15 companies and assisted 4 companies in total with various interventions ranging from technical assessments, coaching and training, products development, market exposure and equipment purchases. An impact assessment carried out on beneficiaries indicated that the assistance from IUMP has resulted in sustained enterprises that could have otherwise closed down, increased employment, increased production output, decreased production cost and improved products, and subsequently resulted in higher turnover. Some beneficiaries have also accessed additional markets.
The Industrial Policy Implementation and Strategic Framework titled “Growth at Home; Namibia’s Execution Strategy for Industrialization “was considered and approved by Cabinet towards the end of 2014. This strategy outlines specific goals and action plans that need to be carried out to come closer to our industrialization goals during 2015-2020.  Growth at Home is meant to facilitate the achievement of higher contribution to manufacturing output and value added activities by specifically targeting sectors in which Namibia possesses comparative advantage.

The Industrial Upgrading and Modernisation Programme assisted 15 companies in total with various interventions ranging from technical assessments, coaching and training, products development, market exposure and equipment purchases. An impact assessment carried out on beneficiaries indicated that the assistance from IUMP has resulted in sustained enterprises that could have otherwise closed down, increased employment, increased production output, decreased production cost and improved products, and subsequently resulted in higher turnover. Some beneficiaries have also accessed additional markets.

Business Development

The SME Bank is operational and has assisted three hundred and fifty three (353) entrepreneurs with business loans and other related services;

Eight Hundred and Ninety Five (895) SMEs with an allocated resource envelope of N$ 36.2 million country-wide were assisted with production equipment and machinery; in addition one hundred and seventy (177) entrepreneurs were assisted with entrepreneurial trainings, workshops as well as mentorship services; nine (5) entrepreneurs assisted with feasibility studies and six (4) with business plans.

Sites and premises Development Programme

 This programme is devised to promote and expand the manufacturing activities through the provision of affordable industrial operating premises to entrepreneurs. In this regard, several parks are under construction at Opuwo, Outapi, Kalkrand, Tsumeb, Omaruru, Walvis Bay, Divundu and Rundu.

During the current financial year, the construction of the Ongenga and Oshakati Business Park and Kalkrand Tourism Centre were completed. The selection of tenants at these three parks is underway. During the construction of the parks one hundred and fifty jobs were created. 

Furthermore, four (4) industrial parks at Rosh Pina, Lüderitz, Oranjemund, and Katima Mulilo are under planning and the progress is on schedule. It is envisaged for this phase to be completed towards the end March 2017 whereas construction is anticipated to commence in April 2018.


MITSMED Eenhana Office

Equipment Aid Scheme (EAS)

The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development has been mandated to promote Industrialisation through the development of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Namibia. In doing so, several support programmes such as the Equipment Aid Scheme (EAS) were introduced to assist MSMEs that are involved in manufacturing and value addition business activities with production equipment and machineries.

The Ministry assisted six (6) aspiring entrepreneurs with production equipment to the amount of N$ 5.13 million in the focus areas of PVC plastic pipe manufacturing; wood chip and charcoal production; carpentry, joinery and furniture manufacturing; horticulture projects and micro cold storage facility.

In addition, the Ministry procured and delivered production equipment worth N$ 6, 801, 883.64 for one hundred and thirty one (131) beneficiaries. The Ministry, due to budget limitations and budget cuts could not process the previous year’s commitments of the Equipment Aid Scheme. As a result, new applications were not considered this year to gratify the outstanding commitments.

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