02 Jul 2013 09:01
WINDHOEK, 02 JUL (NAMPA) - The Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), Tarah Shaanika on Tuesday encouraged Namibian women to drive the process of industrialisation in order to achieve growth at home.
Shaanika said this in a speech read on his behalf by the NCCI's public relations officer, Johanna Shiweda-Indongo during the launch of the 16th Namibian Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2013 in the capital.
The awards are scheduled to take place on 11 October this year.
?The NCCI is happy to be associated with these awards, and will use its wide network of branches to encourage women leaders to take part in the economic activities of the country,? Shaanika said.
He said the Chamber is in full agreement with Government that the raw resources and products produced in the local economy should be used as a basis for increasing economic activities, achieving higher economic growth rates and addressing unemployment challenges in Namibia.
?We expect the exploitation of natural resources to provide opportunities for local industries to manufacture and supply inputs required in the process of extracting such resources,? he stated.
Shaanika further noted that it is fair if minerals produced in the country are processed further locally, generating additional wealth for Namibia and its people.
He thus called on businesswomen to interrogate and find answers to questions on how to get to this ideal scenario where raw natural resources are processed locally, and input into mining, fishing, agricultural and manufacturing activities are sourced locally.
The country is currently faced with the challenge of creating an environment which is conducive to manufacturing and local value-addition by women, he stated, emphasising the need to make deliberate efforts aimed at supporting women entrepreneurs, and promoting the growth of existing and new businesses to succeed.
?I believe that our current entrepreneurship development interventions need better coordination in order to make a greater impact on developing women entrepreneurs,? Shaanika noted.
The Namibian Businesswoman of the Year Awards are organised by local English weekly The Economist.