Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, has challenged all Namibians to consume locally produced products and services in order to support and grow the manufacturing sector. During the Namibian Manufacturing Association’s annual awards ceremony, held at a local hotel on Thursday night, Ngatjizeko said: “This will translate to industrialisation and value addition of local raw materials and prosperous economy, as envisaged in our National Vision 2030 document.”
In a speech read on his behalf by his Deputy Permanent Secretary, Dr Michael Humavindu, the trade minister noted that to achieve the vision of industrialisation, the country must “rather significantly” improve its delivery rates in terms of policy implementation.
“In order to effectively address the specific challenge with respect to our supply-side weaknesses, we need increased private sector investment flows, both foreign and domestic, to boost our capacity to produce more efficiently and competitively and for both our own consumption and for export. Such investments must be accompanied by the introduction and transfer of appropriate production technologies and technical know-how,” said Ngatjizeko.
Addressing a packed house before the announcement of annual manufacturers’ awards, Ngatjizeko pointed out that the revised Foreign Investment Act, also known as the Namibian Investment Promotion Act, has provisions that consider the welfare of locals by placing great emphasis on capacity development and transfer of skills, with regard to investors willing to put their money into Namibia.
He added that his ministry, in recognition of sustainable economic sectors, business activities and national development objectives, has by regulation reserved certain categories of economic sectors for domestic or local investors and by doing so has ensured that local businesses become part of the mainstream economy.
Ngatjizeko further noted that with the launch of the Namibian Retail Sector Charter, government aims to transform the retail sector from one that relies predominantly on foreign imports to one that gives preference to local manufacturers by promoting the sourcing of locally produced products by retailers.
“Government also aims to support local businesses in securing retail space at home so as to increase the visibility of their products through the promotion, marketing and distribution of such products. Local sourcing is concerned with the taking of measures that are designed to promote the sourcing of local products and services in order to stimulate the growth of the local economy,” said Ngatjizeko.
The winners at the Annual Namibia Manufacturers Association’s Manufacturing Awards were:
NMA NEW MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Gold: Unleashed Designs CC
Silver: JHR Trading CC
Bronze: No winner
NMA SMALL MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Gold: Black Gold Compost
Silver: GFG Slasto Supplies CC
Bronze: Karakulia Weavers
NMA MEDIUM MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Gold: Ekango Salt Refiners
Silver: Slowtown Coffee Roasters CC
Bronze: Machinery & Tool Maintenance
NMA LARGE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Gold: Guan’s Packaging
NMA CORPORATE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
Gold: Namibia Breweries Limited
Silver: Plastic Packaging (Pty) Ltd
Bronze: United Fishing Enterprises
NMA BEST AMBASSADOR FOR MANUFACTURING IN NAMIBIA
Gold: United Fishing Enterprises
Silver: Etosha Fishing Corporation (Pty) Ltd
Bronze: Guan’s Packaging
NMA MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY AWARD
Gold: Etosha Fishing Corporation (Pty) Ltd
Bronze: Guan’s Packaging
NMA OVERALL WINNER LARGE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR – Judges’ choice
NMA OVERALL WINNER CORPORATE MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR – Judges’ choice
Namibia Breweries Limited