22 Aug 2013 08:10
OTJIWARONGO, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - Over 40 small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the Otjozondjupa Region on Wednesday received free machines and other tools from the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein handed over the equipment to 42 SMEs at Otjiwarongos Swanevelder Community Hall.
The equipment was purchased by the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) through its equipment and machine donation scheme at a cost over N.dollars 1,8 million, and donated for free.
These include wood cutters, bakery machines, sewing machines, butchery equipment, brick-making and construction tools, salon equipment, tyre repair machines, and catering equipment.
Shortly before handing over the equipment, Schlettwein said the donation was aimed at helping SMEs in the region grow and become bigger producers.
We will also see to it that you receive training on how to use them effectively, and continue to monitor your production, he noted.
Schlettwein encouraged all existing and emerging SMEs in the Otjozondjupa Region to take advantage of the ministrys donation scheme and utilise it to the fullest in order to create employment for others and subsequently, reduce poverty.
The minister also informed his audience that Government through the Ministry of Finance had amended a section of the Tender Board Act which deals with the procurement of goods and services.
This was done to ensure that public funds are used to procure goods and services from Namibian companies as preference, he said.
Therefore, local producers and suppliers should double their production capacity in order to benefit from this Government Procurement Act, said Schlettwein.
He then urged other local SMEs to keep applying for the donation of equipment from his ministry.