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Hon. Pieter van der Walt
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1. Made in Namibia Expo
The Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development hosted the Made in Namibia Expo 2014 from 29 to 31 July 2014 at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre, Windhoek.
The main objective of the Expo was to contribute to the development and growth of the local manufacturing sector by providing a platform for Namibian companies especially manufacturers to showcase the goods and services that they are producing and able to supply to consumers and retailers in the country and through exports.
There are a number of manufacturers, large and small in size, who have the capacity to produce and supply products that can meet the quality and other needs of consumers in the local market and, with some support, can also supply other markets. Quite often though, a number of producers and the goods that they are able to supply are unknown to consumers, a situation that inhibits the success and growth of such local manufacturers in particular and the advancement of our national industrialization agenda in general.
In this regard, the Expo served an important role of exposing locally manufactured goods, with the hope to enhance awareness among local consumers (individual and corporate) that could result in real demand for such products and supply arrangements. The Ministry also utilized the platform of the event to gather and update its data on local manufacturers.
194 exhibitors from 14 regions exhibited at the MADE IN NAMIBIA EXPO 2014. Out of the 194 Exhibitors invited to the Made in Namibia Expo 2014 the Khomas Region was the most represented with 65 exhibitors invited followed in second by Otjozondjupa, third being shared by Erongo and Kavango East/West.
Out of the 194 Exhibitors invited to the Made in Namibia Expo 2014 the most represented sectors was Textile and textile products with 39 exhibitors followed in second by wood and wood products, food products and beverages tied on 21 exhibitors each and thirdly by Other sector with 18. Jewelry was the least represented sector.
2. Launch of the Access Programme
In 2014, the Government of Namibia through the Ministry of Industrialization, Trade and SME Development, and ITC partnered to launch the “ACCESS! Namibia - Export Development Services for Business Women” programme to enable women entrepreneurs in the country to tap new markets and increase their exports.
ACCESS! in Namibia is a trade-related technical assistance programme jointly implemented by the International Trade Centre (ITC), a joint agency of the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, and the Namibia Trade Forum, as focal point institution, with the support of the Government of Namibia, through the Ministry as funds provider.
ACCESS! aims to improve business support services for women to increase their capacity to export and succeed on international and regional markets with the ultimate goal of promoting their economic empowerment and contributing to poverty reduction and improving standards of living. Since the launch of the ACCESS! programme in 2005, more than 2,600 businesswomen in 19 sub-Saharan countries have benefited and expanded their export capacities.
Namibia just became the 21st country in Africa to implement ACCESS!, a programme designed specifically for African businesswomen. Its objective is to capacitate women running their own businesses with export development services in order to enable them to start exporting their products into the global market. The programme targets women with active businesses who have a manufacturing base and have the potential to increase their production capacity should they operate under a climate of success.
The ACCESS! programme is designed to specifically address challenges faced by Namibian business women. By overcoming these challenges through training, coaching and mentoring, women will have opportunities to access international markets in order to grow their businesses. Ultimately, once they expand their production capacities, they are able to employ more people and this is the ripple effect to be promoted in order to achieve the national developmental goals. ACCESS! will also give opportunities to Namibian business women to grow their businesses through international trade shows and trade missions which are probably the most powerful and popular marketing tools currently being used by many countries to market their products in international markets.
3. Retail Charter Launch
On 20 October 2014, in a packed hall of the Nampower Convention Centre, the Ministry of Industrialization,Trade and SME Development launched the Namibia Retail Charter (NRC) under the theme “Growth at Home”. The initiative is aimed at developing sustainable manufacturing and value addition activities for greater socio-economic benefits within the country. The charter will lay out principles and targets which will ensure greater access into the retail market for local beneficiaries. This intervention will later be used to monitor and assess the impact and its contributions towards the "Growth at Home" strategy. It is envisaged that the charter facilitates the creation of a suitable climate for local contribution to the value chain as well as to facilitate job creation amongst other growth targets. This will best be achieved through stronger dialogue and cooperation between the public and private sectors. The NRC aims to:
- stimulate local manufacturing,
- facilitate meaningful job creation,
- reduced unemployment,
- deliver enduring changes in consumers ‘cultured tastes, needs and their consumption patterns.