OMARURU, 18 SEP (NAMPA) -
The governor of the Erongo Region, Cleophas Mutjavikua on Thursday officially launched the construction of a business complex and industrial park at Omaruru. He also handed over a 31 hectare piece of land in the Ozondje informal settlement where the business complex is set to be constructed.
The main contractor for the job is the Windhoek-based Teya Investment no. 25 CC. The Governor explained that a construction project of this nature is a major milestone for any town.
The Omaruru business complex and industrial park will comprise a business park and an open hall where exhibitors in the Omaruru annual trade fair and expo are expected to set up their stalls.
The complex will also include an industrial business park made up of a fuel station, truck parking plaza, logistics centre and public parking zone. These two facilities are set to be completed in phase one of the project at a cost of over N.dollars 32 million.
A heritage monument and agricultural and commercial business parks, amongst others, will be constructed in phase two.
Mutjavikua said the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development is funding the project through its implementing agency; the Namibia Development Corporation (NDC).
The Erongo Regional Governor urged residents of Omaruru to start initiating viable business ideas so that once the complex is completed, they can acquire stalls there.
"I urge you to look into the manufacturing sector. You can start to manufacture wooden beds, chairs, desks and tables which the majority of us still import from other countries. Don't allow business people from other regions to come and do business in the complex because you, the locals, have failed to occupy the stalls," he said.
Mutjavikua urged micro, small and medium enterprises currently operating at the town to grow and enter a phase where they start manufacturing proper products to sell.
He said the idea of setting up a business complex at Omaruru was initiated by the former mayor, Mike Tjirare, in 2006. Tjirare is now the Omaruru Constituency Councillor.
Amongst those in attendance at the launch was the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Dr Michael Humavindu. NDC's Senior Manager for Corporate Services, Wessel !Nanuseb also attended the event.