Young entrepreneurs eye Karas for business opportunities

03 Jul 2013 04:10
KEETMANSHOOP, 03 JUL (NAMPA) - As the economy of the Karas Region keeps growing slowly but surely, more and more young businesspeople are looking for opportunities to engage in trade in this region.
A delegation of eight young entrepreneurs from Windhoek paid a courtesy call on Karas Regional Rovernor Bernardus Swartbooi on Tuesday for information on available and potential business opportunities to possibly explore.
The delegation was made up of management staff members of entities like LeadingEdge Management Consultants, Eputuko Construction Management, Ongundi Investment, Green Cycle and Bridgehead.
They gave presentations on what type of services they offer and their areas of interest for investment, whilst also noting their willingness to start close co-operation with businesspeople in this region.
Some business ideas included a waste-management factory; mentorship and training of small and medium enterprises (SMEs); consultancy services in engineering; facilities management; and quantity surveying.
?This is a region with the most natural resources, so you guys are welcome to explore the available opportunities and help grow the economy.
Also, let us join hands to fight the evil of consulting engineers as they destroy SMEs by charging them very large amounts of money,? said Swartbooi.
Swartbooi assured them that there is indeed a variety of business opportunities in the region, such as the Neckertal Dam project which is expected to commence in full force this year, as well as agricultural and mining options.
The Governor further stated that for the private sector to gain global marketing and investment, they indeed need financial support from Government.
?My view is that Government must invest in able private businesses so that they can sell their products globally, and that will transform our economy as a country,? he suggested.
The governor further used the opportunity to encourage the young businessmen and women in the country to make sure their businesses continue to grow.
It was agreed after the meeting that the entrepreneurs should compile business proposals, and submit such to the Governor?s office for consideration.