International Trade Programme


  • Domestic External Trade Management Activity

The main purpose of this activity is to enable a business environment that promotes innovation, intellectual property rights, and competition and consumer protection: Specific activities include but not limited to:

  • 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;
  • Promotion and safeguarding of consumer welfare and market competition, as important for a vibrant and robust domestic economy.

Under this programme, the Ministry executes its mandate of promoting trade and ensuring an effective and efficient domestic market regulation. In this regard, the following major achievements were recorded during 2016/2017 budget year.

Implementation of the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union by facilitating signature, ratification, and depository of the instrument of ratification. The EPA entered into force on 14 October 2016 and implementation is in full swing. Through the EPA negotiation, the government has guaranteed the continuous export of Namibian products   of meat, grapes and fish to the EU market; thereby avoiding potential job losses in those traditional export industries. It also created opportunities for market access to the EU for new export products that the country develops or wishes to export to the EU such a bone-in lamb and other value added products.

  • The government also ensured that the SACU-MERCOSUR Preferential Trade Agreement which was ratified by Parliament back in 2009 has now entered into force on 1st April 2016 after a prolonged delay from the MERCOSUR side.
  • At SADC level, the government continued to facilitate the implementation of the SADC Protocol on Trade which provides market access for Namibian products, making SADC market the number one regional destination for Namibian products. In addition to trade in goods, Namibia is now equally focused to promote trade in services. In this context, His Excellency President Hage G. Geingob signed the SADC Protocol on Trade in Services in August 2016, and national preparations to commence negotiations on different sectors are now in full swing. There are six priority sectors that are targeted for liberalization under the SADC trade in services agenda. These are finance, transport, tourism, construction, energy related and communication services
  • Government further prioritized the implementation of the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) to steer regional economic growth; while draft the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap have been finalized and are due for Summit approval before the end of the this financial year.
  • With respect to COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA), the negotiations are at an advanced stage. The TFTA Framework Agreement has been concluded and substantial progress has been noted in concluding the annexes on rules of origin, trade remedies and tariff elimination.
  • The Continental Free Area (CFTA) negotiations geared towards improved trade among African countries are progressing. During 2016/17 financial year the CFTA negotiators agreed on and adopted the rules of procedure to govern the conduct of the negotiations, the structures and their respective terms of reference that would guide the negotiations, as well as the negotiations roadmap.

In addition,  as part of the  activities geared towards trade promotion and facilitation of Namibian products to regional and international markets and boosting market diversification in terms of export destinations and import sources, government provided support to 206 SMEs to the tune of N$ 1 386 511.6, to participate in local, regional, and international trade/export promotional events.

    • In terms of market development and market adaptation for Namibian products, Namibian beef was granted eligibility status for the USA market under AGOA dispensation. In the same vein, Namibian charcoal products have been successfully adapted to the Japanese market and as such market access has been secured for charcoal in Japan.
    • Within the framework of trade facilitation, Namibia ratified the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation in 2016. Moreover, we have embarked on a process for the establishment of a National Single Window environment. A comprehensive feasibility study on the Single Window was completed during 2016, which will inform the business model that Namibia would adopt. Once implemented, the Single Window environment will address inefficiencies that currently inhibit our procedures for the conduct of international trade and border controls. At present customs declarations, import/export permits and other trading licenses issued by cross-border regulatory agencies are paper based documents, the Single Window will thus bring about a shift from the current paper based systems to ICT based automated environment and increased efficiencies.
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