Ohangwena businessman wants support for small business

31 May 2016 13:30pm
EENHANA, 31 MAY (NAMPA) – Local small businesses should be supported so they can expand and create employment.
This was said by Phillip Hikumwah, a business man from the Ohangwena Region on Saturday when he spoke at a gala dinner held to raise funds for the 2016 Eenhana Trade and Business Expo.
Hikumwah said shopping locally also helps drive competition in the market, which is good for consumers and for the country’s economic growth.
However, he expressed concern that only 10 per cent of the 37 000 Namibian businesses are registered, and only about 4 000 businesses are registered with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI).
“Fellow business people, as we strive to adjudicate business growth with the help of local authorities such as the Eenhana Town Council, let us formulate unity through established and recognised entities such as the NCCI,” he said.
Hikumwah of Maryn Properties was the main sponsor of the 2015 Eenhana Trade and Business Expo, but this year he formed a joint venture with Erastus Nikodemus of Greywall Properties to sponsor this year’s expo with N.dollars 220 000.
He urged business people to exhibit quality products and services during the expo scheduled for 25 to 30 July.