29 Jun 2014 14:10pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUN (NAMPA) The executive chairperson of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of Companies, Sven Thieme was on Saturday elected as president of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) for the next two years.
Thieme, who served as the first vice-president for the past two years, was elected in his new role during the NCCI's Annual General Meeting in the capital.
Thieme replaced local businesswoman Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, who served in that position for the past four years. Namundjebo-Tilahumn will now serve as an ordinary board member.
Sebby Kankondi, the chief executive officer (CEO) of Bidvest Namibia, was elected as first vice-president, while Sara Naanda, the CEO of TransNamib Holdings, was elected as the second vice-president.
Other board members are Rosalia Martins-Hausiku, Onesmus Amadhila, Theo Mberirua, Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi and John Akapandi Endjala.
In his acceptance speech during a gala dinner hosted after the AGM, Thieme, on behalf of his team, pledged to do their best and to perform their duties as leaders of the chamber with the greatest responsibility.
I am passionate about Namibia, creating a sustainable economy and helping our country reach its full potential.
Therefore, I am extremely humbled to stand here before this eminent audience in acceptance of my new role as president of the NCCI. I accept with immense humility, the responsibility which the membership of the NCCI has placed on my shoulders and those of my colleagues, who were elected with me to the Board of Directors of this great organisation for the next two years, he said.
Thieme commended the chamber for the role it plays in supporting and uplifting Namibian businesses, promoting economic development and fostering cooperation between the public and private sectors.
He said the NCCI is a major stakeholder in the Namibian economy and it is imperative that its leaders at all levels, position that organisation to make maximum impact on the strategic direction of the Namibian economy.