17 Mar 2016 08:00am
WINDHOEK, 17 MAR (NAMPA) A delegation of Botswana businesses are in Namibia to explore areas of collaboration, which culminated into a three-day Botswana Business Seminar.
Six companies from Botswana are in Windhoek to explore the Namibian market and look for potential customers.
According to Botswana Investment and Trade Centre, Acting Executive Director Trunklinah Gabonthone, the companies representing Botswana at the seminar produce goods ranging from cooking oil and stationery to chemical manufacturing and clay works.
She said Botswana is heavily dependant on imports and with a population of about 2 million people, they have established the manufacturing of goods and are looking at introducing these to the global market.
As Botswana, we are strategically located so we view ourselves as the centre of the southern region, so we are exploring markets in Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa because we are able to link.
Gabonthone said outside Botswana, the countrys businesses have access to a larger population and pool of potential customers, while they have identified Namibia as a country to learn from in terms of adding value to beef produce and have the product consumed locally.
To process our beef to make polonies, sausages and other forms of food processing is one area where we think we can collaborate with Namibian companies to add value on what we are already producing as a country.
Gabonthone also noted how much of what is found on shelves in Namibia is produced in the country, adding they would like to copy that.
On his part, Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Head of Research and Advocacy Leonard Kamwi said life depends on business and business facilitation dictates growth and with no investment in the economy; it cannot grow or provide the taxes Government needs.
This is great opportunity for Namibia to build business ties with Botswana. Its a wonderful country with political democracy and micro-economic stability that are essential for any business, said Kamwi.
He mentioned that Namibia does unfortunately not have strong ties with smaller economies because generally, countries believe they produce the same types of goods.
We can always have intentions but it really depends on the business community whether they see the opportunities to collaborate on a number of these areas. We hope that we reciprocate Botswanas visit to us, that we do the same to their countries and that through this mission we find business that tie the knot together.
The seminar was also attended by the High Commissioner of the Republic of Botswana to Namibia Tshenolo Modise and representatives of the Namibian business community.