30 Sep 2014 14:30pm
RUNDU, 30 SEP (NAMPA) - Agriculture, Water and Forestry Minister John Mutorwa says the second phase of Namibias struggle, the economic struggle, will require no less than what the first phase of the struggle demanded.
He was speaking here on Monday during the official opening of Kavango Pipes at Rundu, a company which manufactures pipes for the construction industry, ranging from pressure pipes to electrical, borehole and plumbing pipes.
The factory, established at a cost of N.dollars 13 million, has generated employment for 40 locals, who are full-time employees. Kavango Pipes started production some three months ago, and was established by well-known Rundu-based businessman Willem Vermeulen.
The minister commended the Vermeulen family for their decision to invest their valuable financial resources, something he said will meaningfully contribute to the economic development of this north-eastern town.
Mutorwa said expanding and spreading the opportunities for economic growth, employment creation and economic prosperity, as well as equitable distribution of the countrys natural resources requires the commitment, dedication and unity which was needed to attain Namibias independence
The Agriculture Minister stated that the private sector, being the engine of economic growth, must be at the forefront of attaining the countrys Vision 2030 goals and objectives.
It is and must remain the duty and responsibility of the State to ensure the implementation of public-private partnership and the genuine promotion of private investments, in the national, regional and local economy of our country, he said.
He further indicated that public-private partnership is the prerequisite for the achievement of dynamic, efficient and sustainable development, which he said should involve Government, communities and civil society.
Trade and Industry Deputy Minister Tjekero Tweya noted during the same occasion that manufacturing promotes opportunities such as job creation and value addition to raw materials.
He also commended the Vermeulen family for positively responding to the governments call for employment creation, stressing that the newly opened factory will impart new skills to people here.
Tweya pointed out that the opening of the pipe manufacturing factory will save transportation costs and time for those who previously had to travel long distances to other towns to purchase pipes, adding that the factory will serve all sectors of the countrys economy ranging from agriculture to sanitation and construction.
He appealed to business people to support the factory by buying the locally produced products.
The factory will also serve neighbouring countries.