18 Mar 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 18 MAR (NAMPA) - The Namibian Manufacturing Association (NMA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) officially launched the first edition of the 2014/15 Manufacturing and Processing Directory (MPD) here on Tuesday.
The directory is the first of its kind in Namibia, and provides a comprehensive list of business entities involved in the Namibian manufacturing industry, dealing either in finished goods or intermediaries.
The directory also includes companies which provide manufacturing and processing services with home-grown expertise.
Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein described the directory as an important milestone in the Namibian manufacturing industry.
The document we are launching today provides a platform for Namibias manufacturing industry to showcase its capabilities, products and services, as well as to serve as an information guide of manufacturers and processors, he stated.
He thus called on the various players in the industry - manufacturers, processors and suppliers - to participate in future editions.
The directory will be an annual production, with major upgrades to be made to it every year.
The directory should be made available to all ministries, State-owned enterprises, the Tender Board, retailers, distributors and other private sector entities as well as consumers so that all of us can support Namibia's manufacturing sector and Namibias service providers, Schlettwein noted.
Sourcing manufactured products locally has now also been made easier with the introduction of the directory, and all procurement agents should thus utilise the directory extensively in order to support local manufacturers and value-chains optimally.
Schlettwein added that his ministry is aware that manufacturers in the country are facing various challenges which constrain their ability to produce and compete effectively at home and in export markets elsewhere.
We are also aware of the high cost of technology, utilities, production input, finance, transport and logistics, as well as the shortages of skills.
The industry sector is also under constant pressure to cut costs, to improve quality and to meet environmental and international standards and penetrate markets with more competitive products, he continued.
A total of 1,006 companies, most of them small market enterprises, were assisted under the ministry's Business Support Service Programme.