Civil servants should not do business with Govt: NCCI

04 Jun 2015 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUN (NAMPA) - The local business community wants Cabinet to reconsider its recent decision to allow civil servants to run private businesses whilst under Government employment.
In a media statement issued here on Wednesday, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Chief Executive Officer, Tarah Shaanika said the decision seems to suggest that civil servants can engage in private businesses without adequate regulations.
“We believe that civil servants' direct involvement in private businesses may result in serious conflict of interests, especially when the businesses in which they are involved in do business with the state,” he said.
Shaanika further explained that the NCCI has already received reports alleging the possible use of civil servants to solicit information crucial to securing Government contracts by businesses owned and run by individuals with personal connections to public servants, ultimately favouring such businesses over their competitors.
In addition, such conducts can create an unfair competitive environment, such as corruption and possible abuse of office and information about Government projects to favour particular businesses.
“Businesses owned and/or run by civil servants must therefore not be permitted to do business with the government to avoid perceived or real conflict of interest,” he said.
The NCCI thus called for a review of Cabinet’s decision in this regard and to restore confidence in the civil servants' impartiality and level of professionalism.
The NCCI is a local business community with 2 500 members. It comprises of companies across all economic sectors and identifies issues affecting the business environment.