International Commercial's founder is no more

18 Aug 2013 04:50
ONGWEDIVA, 18 AUG (NAMPA) – The founder and chairperson of International Commercial (Pty) Limited at Oshikango in northern Namibia, Ali Suleiman passed away in his native Lebanon on Friday.
Chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)’s Northern Branch, Tomas Iindji and the company’s General Manager Ayman Hijazi confirmed this to Nampa on Friday.
Suleiman died at the age of 74 years and, according to Hijazi, he had been in Lebanon for the past two to three months, and was not well in that time.
Iindji said his death has “deeply saddened” the NCCI Northern Branch and the entire Namibian business fraternity.
“We have lost a great personality, activist and supporter,” he stated.
He pointed out that Suleiman came to Namibia in 1996 and founded the International Commercial (Pty) Ltd Oshikango.
According to Iindji, the NCCI has known Suleiman for many years as a corporate sponsor and member of the Chamber.
Suleiman and the NCCI worked closely on community development projects, churches and various other projects in Namibia.
Iindji noted Suleiman’s company contributed to the local and national economy in many ways.
As a result, the NCCI become very familiar with Suleiman as a businessman through his companies.
“At this very sad and emotional moment, the NCCI northern leadership, the business community and indeed I personally, would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and deep sympathy to the bereaved family, children, friends and the entire business people in the northern part of the country, more especially the Oshikango Business Association, as we bid him a final farewell,” he stated.
He went on to say Suleiman’s great legacy will continue to console the NCCI members, adding that his unexpected death has left a void in their lives.