29 Jun 2014 12:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUN (NAMPA) Outgoing Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) president, Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun says the number of NCCI branches increased from 19 to 27 during her four-year term in office.
She this on Saturday during the opening of the NCCI's Annual General Meeting, which aimed to elect new board members for the organisation in the capital.
The chambers Constitutional requirement of having branch representations in our administrative regions is almost satisfied fully with only the Kavango West Region, where our branch representation is non-existent and Omaheke, where our branch remains weak and dysfunctional to a considerable degree, said Namundjebo-Tilahun.
She noted that the NCCI Board will work hard in the next 12 months to strengthen the Omaheke branch in Gobabis, adding that there are plans to establish a new branch in Nkurenkuru in the Kavango West Region.
We are also working on capacitating the Enterprise Development Programme Section within our Secretariat with a view to increase the number of beneficiaries from that programme in all our branches, Namundjebo-Tilahun said.
She further said the public-private sector dialogue at local level has improved significantly over the past three years, adding that the re-organisation of the Secretariat, which they began implementing during the last financial year (2013/14), has proven to be a fruitful exercise.
Namundjebo-Tilahun said the NCCI established a department within the Secretariat which is dealing with Advocacy and Research in order to provide a strong focus on dialogue with Government, and make heavier impact on policy and legislative reforms required for continuous improvement in the business environment.
I owe a great deal of appreciation and thanks to my colleagues on the Board of Directors, both past and present, who worked tirelessly and voluntarily to make the NCCI what it is today. I have no doubts in my mind that they have collectively and individually added a great deal of value to the work and success of the Chamber, she said.