International Trade Programme


  • This programme is intended to make Namibia competitive in terms of business establishment and expansion, protection of business and intellectual property, quality and standards, export of goods and services, and fair market competition. This entails the implementation, management and maintenance of compliance to domestic and international instruments and measures concerned with commerce, domestic market regulation, international trade and trade facilitation.

    • Domestic Trade Management Activities

     

    The activity focuses on the development and adoption of an appropriate legal, regulatory and institutional framework for effective registration, establishment and operation of businesses; the registration, protection and enforcement of intellectual property, standards, conformity assessment and franchises; as well as promotion and safeguarding of consumer welfare and market competition, as important conditions for a vibrant and robust domestic economy.

    Target

    • 100% development and amendment of legal frameworks to ensure effective protection of intellectual property  rights (IPR), business registrations, standards, compliance, franchise, consumer welfare and market competition.

     

    Major undertakings achieved during the period under review:

    • Integrated Company Registration System (ICRS) database cleaned and updated;
    • Namibia IP data validated;
    • Modernization of the Archives – Business and IP files were bar coded, indexed and properly filed at The Document Warehouse;
    • ICRS– we continue to implement different modules on a case by case basis, e.g. Cash Collection and Company Registration on the Web ICRS;
    • Industrial Act in place;
    • External guidelines  for Mergers and Restrictive Business Practice published;
    • In total 27 mergers were determined during the period under review;
    • Implementation of the Southern African Development Community – Trade Related Facilitation (SADC-TRF) funded project reached a milestone on 18 September 2019 were the contracts between the consultants and the Namibian Government were signed;
    • Compliance Management preparatory work has commenced to develop Compliance Risk Management Plans for the Public Enterprise Governance Act and the Procurement Act;
    • External guidelines  for Mergers and Restrictive Business Practice published;
    • A number of SANS Standards  are currently being adopted as Namibian Standards;
    • Received accreditation for additional new testing methods: chemistry – 3 methods and Microbiology – 3 methods;
    • All 6 microbiologists are now competent technical signatories and 16 Inspectors competent technical signatories;
    • The CB was assessed by SADC Accreditation Services (SADCAS) during the period 21- 29 August 2017 and the assessment team recommended for accreditation, for the certification of Quality Management System to International Standards Organization (ISO) 900 1: 2008 for the scope Food products, beverages and tobacco subjected to the effective clearance of findings raised within agreed timescale;
    • Another milestone is the full enforcement of current Trade Metrology Act; and
    • Industrial Property Regulations – Regulations were promulgated and published in the government gazette.

     

    Challenges:

    • BIPA ICRS is outdated and not effective in revenue collection;
    • The Commission encountered some challenges in the period under review particularly a budgetary shortfall which hampered and expected to hamper the implementation of a number of planned activities;
    • Office space for the Commission.
    • Reaching all stakeholders in all corners of the country is not a cheap exercise because of the size of Namibia and the need to purchase media space,
    • Another challenge is translating the scientific jargon which the NSI’s purely scientific business units use in their trade into everyday English so that the ordinary man or woman on the street understands how the NSI is relevant to their everyday life;
    • Lack of financial resources to implement Import Inspection and Market Surveillance program. This program will protect local consumers as products entering the Namibian market will be subjected to inspection and testing.

                                                          

    • External Trade Management

    The main purpose of this activity is to increase the volume, value and range of Namibian goods and services that are exported as well as securing external markets and preferential market access conditions for local products in regional and global markets. In this regard, the Ministry has devised an export development and promotion programme and undertakes targeted promotional activities such as trade missions, fairs and exhibitions; product and market research and development; and construction of trade estate centres in identified target external markets.

    Target

    • To achieve an improvement in Namibian ranking in Africa on “Trading across borders” from position 15 to 14 in 2016/17; position 14 in 2017/18 and position 13 in 2018/19.

     

    Achievements

      • Negotiations of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Legal text were finalised;
      • Namport Board of Directors approved the establishment of a subsidiary company to operate the National Single Window (Namibia e-Trade Services Pty Ltd); and
      • Namibia concluded negotiations on the four priority sectors (Financial, Communications, Transport and Tourism Services) under the SADC Protocol on Trade in Services.
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