Private sector should partner with GRN: !Gawaxab

14 Mar 2014 10:10am
KEETMANSHOOP, 14 MAR (NAMPA) - The Managing Director of Old Mutual’s Africa Operations has called on private sector businesses to partner with the Namibian Government to help achieve infrastructural development in order to grow the country’s economy.
Johannes !Gawaxab made this call at the official inauguration of a modern shopping mall constructed by Old Mutual Namibia at the southern town of Keetmanshoop in the //Karas Region on Thursday.
“Our customers are everywhere as individuals, corporates or as institutions in the country. And, therefore, one cannot stand here today and be unmindful of the responsibility of the private sector businesses to partner with the Namibian Government to help deliver the much-needed infrastructure in order to grow Namibia’s economy,” he stated.
!Gawaxab said Old Mutual Namibia will continue to make investments which will stimulate economic growth and create the much-needed employment opportunities, thereby providing an income to many young Namibians in the form of wages and salaries.
He added that it is in the same manner that his company is now calling on other private businesses to help meet the government halfway by investing in the development of infrastructure.
“We must make the investments which will contribute to the country’s infrastructural development, the financial wellbeing of Namibians as well as the socio-economic transformation of the country.
With such investments, we can positively contribute to the growth of our economy,” stated !Gawaxab.
The just-inaugurated shopping mall is thus a visible commitment by Old Mutual Namibia to thrive towards creating a prosperous Namibia.
“The Old Mutual Keetmanshoop Mall is indeed a great structure, and we hope that it will fulfill the hopes and aspirations of the inhabitants of Keetmanshoop and the //Karas Region,” he continued.
The new mall is far more than just a contribution to the industrial and commercial development of Namibia, as it is also his company’s contribution to the health, comfort and better quality of life for Namibians who live in the southern parts of the country.
!Gawaxab then applauded the Namibian Head of State, President Hifikepunye Pohamba, for agreeing to come and officiate at the inauguration of the mall.