This programme entails overall oversight over the design and leadership implementation of the various policies and programmes on trade, investment promotion and industrial development as well as to ensure coordination and alignment to ministerial and national development plans. It also ensures the provision of administrative or supportive services that the various operational units and agencies of the Ministry require in order to execute their assigned core functions and achieve the strategic objectives as set out in its Strategic Plan. This is ensured through the acquisition and prudent utilisation of human, financial, technical and other resources.  It brings together all the other activities for the attainment of ministerial objectives.

  • Supervision

To oversee overall trade and industrial related policies and operations to ensure that objectives are achieved and policies are properly implemented and to receive policy suggestions for considerations and to make public the Government’s policies and guidelines for the Trade and Industrialisation. To entails overall oversight over the design and leadership implementation of the values policies and programme on trade, investment promotion, industrial development, SME Support Services as well as to ensure that the co ordinations and alignment to the ministerial strategic plan and the national.

  • Coordination and Support Service Activities

To provide administrative or supportive service that the various operational units and agencies of the ministry required in order to execute their assigned core functions and achieve the strategic objectives as set out in the strategic plan. This is ensured through the acquisition and prudent utilization of human, financial, technical and other resources. It brings together (co-ordinates) all the other activities for the achievement of ministerial objectives. The major operational activities are budget formulation, execution and monitoring.

The activities are recruitment, deployment, retention and development of the ministry’s human capital which is crucial for productivity and performance against targets, asset management and the implementation of the ministry’s strategic plans and programs. It also involves the acquisition and utilization of Information Communication Technology (ICT) Software and hardware to enhance the operational performances.

90% budget execution rate was achieved under the reporting period, completed the construction of SME Parks at Okakarara, Ruacana, Keetmanshoop, Onethindi and Grootfontein. The ministry received an unqualified Audit report from the office of the Auditor General.

     The table 4 below indicates the budget allocations and utilization:




Utilization %

Operational Budget




Development Budget








     Provisional Expenditure up to 25 February 2016

 (c) MITSMED Strategic Planning Session and Launch of Communication Strategy
Ministry embarked upon a retreat for all management staff, commercial counselors and representative of entities reporting to the ministry. In attendance at the meeting was Hon. Immanuel Ngatjizeko – Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development and his deputy, Hon. van der Walt. The main event took place at Strand Hotel, Swakopmund in the Erongo region, from 14 – 18 March 2016. Hon. Ngatjizeko reminded the staff of the ministry’s mandate derived from the Vision 2030 objective of becoming an industrialised nation, as well as the 4th National Development Plan and its emphasis on creating an enabling environment for growth in key economic sectors of the country’s economy. The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development and all its partner organisations have a crucial role to play in spearheading industrialisation and economic development in the country.   

Hon. Ngatjizeko officially launching the communication strategy flanked by Deputy Minister, Permanent Secretary and MITSMED management staff

At the same event, Hon. Ngatjizeko launched the ministerial communication strategy. The Ministry formulated a plan to dramatically change the manner in which information is disseminated to the public and the manner in which the Ministry’s brand is received, perceived and consumed. By creating and opening up the channels to more voices, information has become democratised. Hence the Ministry developed its own Communication Strategy with the objective to create an opportunity for the Ministry to indicate how it will disseminate information to its stakeholders on its programmes, projects and activities to attain its objectives of Growth At Home

3.2.5. Special Industrialisation Initiative

  • Programme objective

This programme has been developed to give effect and achieve the significant expansion of Namibia’s manufacturing sector as stipulated in NDP4. It aims at increasing the contribution of manufacturing to GDP and accelerates economic growth and activity by focusing on enhancing growth in the priority sectors. This is turn would result in expanded industrial output, diversified products, enhanced value addition activities, as well as to develop new and strengthen existing value chains’. This activity makes provision for research on economic and financial viability of Priority Projects, and provides guidance on subsequent targeted interventions.
To oversee the overall special Industrialisation Initiative the mission is to achieve equitable and sustainable special industrial development by providing an enabling environment through pro-active, accountable leadership and professional services.
Outputs achieved

  • Value chain analyses and feasibility studies for targeted projects
  • Implementation of specific industrial projects already identified which could be initiated by Ministry of Trade and Industry or any of its agencies in partnership with any appropriate entity to establish and incubate the project
  • Providing sector support facilities on a competitive basis for the development of a project within a targeted sector by the private sector.
  • Acquisition and development of industrial land
  • Acquisition of plant and equipment and other essential infrastructure
  • Product development and marketing
  • Reduction in the costs of utilities such as electricity, water and telecommunications for priority projects, and capacity building.

4.0. Human Capital Management and Oversight

    • Human Resource Management and Development

The following developments were recorded in respect of staffing and human resource development during the period under review:

  • 9 New appointments and transfers from other O/M/As;
  • 6 Promotions
  • 11 Transfers to other O/M/As
  • 20 Termination/ resignation from Public Service; and
  • No deaths

Table 5 Human Resources Capacity

No of Staff






Human Resource Development

Being a specialized Ministry, staff members at various levels and especially at professional levels were given opportunities and sponsorship to pursue short-term and long-term career and competence enhancing training, especially in fields relevant to their assigned jobs or to the skill needs of the Ministry.

The table 9 below highlights some of the training undertaken during the reporting period.

Training  Course




Advanced Executive Office Administration, Secretarial and Typing Skills








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