Trade Minister wants more value addition

24 Aug 2013 13:50
ONETHINDI, 24 AUG (NAMPA) – Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein says Namibia will keep exporting jobs to other countries until the citizens start adding value to the country’s natural resources in order to produce finished goods.
Schlettwein said this at Onethindi settlement in the Oniipa Constituency of Oshikoto Region during the official inauguration of a community open market called Okutopola Community Market on Thursday.
According to the minister, more job opportunities will be created in Namibia once the country stops exporting its natural resources in raw form and starts adding value to all its natural resources.
Schlettwein said he wants to see Namibians embarking upon the production of finished products such as diamond rings that will then be exported to the international market, thereby creating additional jobs and wealth for the domestic economy.
“When you go to a wedding, you’ll find that people have bought a diamond ring which is imported from elsewhere. Why can we not make that ring ourselves, and why can we not add value to that diamond?” he queried.
The Trade and Industry Minister arrived in northern Namibia on Thursday, and immediately started his official activities with the handing over of equipment to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) at Omuthiya, also in the Oshikoto Region.
He also handed over some more equipment to SMEs at Eenhana in the Ohangwena Region on Friday, before he went on to officiate at the inauguration of the SME Park at Okalongo’s Onandjaba settlement in the Omusati Region on Saturday.
Schlettwein is also expected to officially open the 2013 Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair (OATF) in the Oshana Region on Sunday.