Thieme calls for the support of local businesses

29 Jun 2014 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUN (NAMPA) – The newly elected president of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), Sven Thieme has called for the support of local businesses, service providers and producers in order for Namibia to become economically stable.
Thieme said this during the NCCI gala dinner in the capital on Saturday. He was elected in his new role during the NCCI AGM earlier in the day.
“We need to share our local pride and foster a world-class reputation for Namibian products and services, which will not only increase sales but attract foreign investment to make a meaningful impact on the local economy,” he said.
Thieme noted that the outgoing leadership of the Chamber made a strategic decision to mobilise all stakeholders to drive the Namibian economy towards becoming the most competitive in Africa by the year 2020.
“I am confident that together we can make Namibia an economic destination of choice, and build a united community of businesses in Namibia,” he said.
Thieme, who is also the executive chairperson of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group of Companies, said employment creation is the key to achieve economic development, hence, there is need to empower Namibians to be part of the development of the country.
He said there is also a need to focus development efforts on economic facets, and grow labour resources to come together as a collective development impetus to work towards achieving 2030.
Thieme noted that one of the fundamental ways to develop the economy is by employing “breakthrough thinking”, and come together as one, take ownership of the country and proactively work to make it better.
The NCCI president and his team pledged to focus on stakeholder engagements and dialogue all over the country, as it is the best strategy to improve the business environment and make the economy competitive.
“We are fortunate to enjoy peace and political tranquillity in our country, which provides a favourable foundation for business. We have no reason to fail and we owe it, not only to ourselves but to, our children and generations after them,” he said.
Thieme further noted that there is need to strengthen the capacity of all NCCI branches and provide them with the necessary support needed to improve dialogue and results at regional level.
The NCCI has 27 branches with over 2 500 members countrywide.