Indonesia seeking business counterparts in Namibia

21 Aug 2015 07:50am
WINDHOEK, 21 AUG (NAMPA) – A group of high-ranking business people from Indonesia are in the country to explore the possibility of entering joint ventures with Namibian counterparts.
The group, comprising three business personalities from the Indonesian palm oil, food and paper manufacturing industries, are looking at finding Namibian business partners in those industries.
On Thursday, the visiting delegation held a meeting with Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Chief Executive Officer, Tarah Shaanika on various business issues of mutual concern in the capital.
NCCI spokesperson Johanna Shiweda-Indongo said: “I have no doubt that there are enormous opportunities for business partnerships which you can forge with us and for this reason alone, your visit is clearly worthwhile.”
She explained that the NCCI considers Indonesia an economic ally to Namibia and believes that the commercial ties between the two nations must be strengthened in a manner that provides mutual benefits for the two countries and their people.
“We would like to see ourselves creating a strong manufacturing and industrialised economy that will create jobs and enhance the living standards of our people, as well as provide goods and services that can compete well on the global market,” Shiweda-Indongo added.
She said Namibians are looking forward to working with Indonesian counterparts on a relationship that will transfer innovative skills to the people; economically and socially empower and sustain the livelihood of people; and that offers mutual benefits in the application of the necessary regulations of the business environment which they are part of.
The meeting is expected to generate the kind of discussions that will lead to the identification of business opportunities for the members of the Indonesian delegation and NCCI members.
Indonesia-Namibia commercial relations were officially established in 1991 and today, the countries are keen to increase their economic and trade relations.
Both countries have been working together in various sectors, especially in agriculture, technical assistance and education. Namibia has been actively participating in various training programmes and scholarships in Indonesia, including micro-finance, aquaculture and agriculture. With regards to higher learning, the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Gadjah Mada University have agreed to have several senior academics from there work for Unam to help develop newly established faculties.