Industrial Development Programme


The purpose of this programme is to create conditions necessary for increased investment and the development of a robust and competitive industrial sector in the country. The activities that are carried out under this programme are aimed at building and boosting the capacity of local industries to efficiently produce and supply goods and services to meet local and export demand, as well as the ability of local industries to withstand global competition.

Sites and Premises Development Programme

Under the Sites and Premises Development Programme, concept designs and technical documentations for Garment Factories in Outapi and Eenhana have been completed. The continuation of construction activities of the Okahandja Business Hub, the Tsumeb, Oshakati and Rundu Industrial Estates, the Walvis Bay manufacturing and logistics Hub, the Karasburg, Onayena, Kalkfeld Community Markets and Outjo, Opuwo, Ongenga, Eenhana, Gibeon and Gochas Business Parks are underway. Construction of the Keetmanshoop Garment Factory is progressing well under the Garment Development Programme.

See below, pictures of completed concepts design:


Completed building – Tuhafeni garment factory front entrance
 
Completed building - Tuhafeni garment factory side view

Industrial Upgrading and Modernization Programme (IUMP)

 During the period under review, IUMP has assessed fourteen (14) applications, carried out diagnostic assessments on four (4) firms, and have approved four (4) companies for upgrading interventions worth N$ 4 million. A telephonic and e-mail based impact assessment on beneficiaries was also carried out on beneficiaries, and information as tabulated and presented in a report format submitted to management. Three National Steering Committee meetings were carried out, and payment for interventions processed, equipment purchased, performance and suppliers contracts prepared and signed, and coaching and mentorship programmes facilitated.

SME and Entrepreneurship Development Programme (EDP)

Under this programme, these were some of the notable activities executed adjudication of requests of production technology for entrepreneurs (ii) entrepreneurial skills development (iii) feasibility studies and business plan formulation. Progress made was as follows:

Equipment Aid Scheme (EAS)

MTI procured and provided production equipment and machinery to 743 needy SMEs in the 14 national regions in the areas of construction and brick making; auto-motive repairs, air-conditioning and refrigeration repairs, garment, manufacturing agro food processing; and joinery. This intervention is aimed at boosting the production capacity of the informal and formal SME sector by assisting SMEs to acquire production equipment and technologies.

 

Table 1 – Value of equipment purchased during the reporting period.

NO

REGION
(SMEs)

NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS APPROVED

VALUE OF EQUIPMENT TO BE PURCHASE/ REGION, N$

1

Zambezi

40

1,861,979

2

Erongo

44

3,537,787

3

Hardap

22

3,750,141

4

Karas

15

2,014,335

5

Kavango (East and West)

34

3,199,352

6

Khomas

191

15,036,636

7

Kunene

34

2,116,031

8

Ohangwena

37

3,684,925

9

Omaheke

71

7,122,394

10

Omusati

62

5, 189,946

11

Oshana

114

8,670,716

12

Oshikoto

23

4,936,718

13

Otjozondjupa

56

4,455,725

GRAND TOTAL

743

65,576,685

Training

Over a Hundred and Fifty four (154) entrepreneurs were assisted with entrepreneurial training, workshops as well as mentorship services covering various aspects on fashion design, tailoring, product development, marketing and general business management.

Feasibility Studies

Five (5) entrepreneurs were assisted with feasibility studies in the areas of cooking oil production; silica; sand; sanitary and paper towel manufacturing; citrus and dairy product development.

Socio-Economic Plight of the people of the South (//Karas and Hardap Regions)

In 2008 Cabinet by Decision No: 23rd/09.12.08/010 resolved to give special attention to the Socio-Economic plight of people of the South to address unemployment, poverty and hopelessness in these regions. As a response to this decision, the Ministry was directed to focus on encouraging the establishment of more industries in the South, with a view of promoting employment creation and skills development; and to promote micro-lending in the Hardap and //Karas Regions.

  • During the reporting period, the concept design and technical documentation to upgrade two units at the Keetmanshoop Showground to serve as a Convention Centre and to host the Keetmasnhoop annual trade fair has been completed and tenders were called to be adjudicated in August 2014.
  • Farm Coenbalt was purchased for the establishment of a feedlot and for Brukaros Meat Processors (PTY) Ltd to expand their meat processing facility and activities on this farm.  Furthermore, vehicles were purchased for these activities to be carried out.
  • Swakara Wool Processors were provided with wool pressing equipment, truck, forklift and working capital of N$ 500, 000 to pursue their business activities. 
  • Land was acquired at Bethanie for growing fresh produce to boost disposable income and self-reliance.
  • The school furniture factory in Keetmanshoop is in the design stage.
  • Regional studies were commissioned to determine the socio-economic development potential and opportunities in the Hardap and Karas regions as part of the plan.

Improvement of Living Conditions of Inhabitants of Katutura and surrounding Areas

 In executing the Cabinet decision: 9th/03.08.10/007, the Ministry of Trade and Industry commissioned a study aimed at clearly understanding the potential economic activities and the viability thereof, which could in turn be translated into concrete plans and actions aimed at improving the living conditions of the inhabitants of Katutura and surrounding areas. The study further looked into existing businesses, industrial and other infrastructure development plans for the specified areas, and gaps or additional needs that may hamper entrepreneurial development, with the ultimate view of addressing such.The City of Windhoek (CoW) was approached and engaged to map out a way forward regarding some of the challenges outlined in the study report that could be immediately addressed jointly by the CoW and MTI. The CoW subsequently submitted a proposal for the procurement of semi-permanent facilities to be used by informal traders at the allocated Erf: 8219, No. 10 Bonsmara Street in the Northern Industrial Area, which MTI will finance.

 

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