Ipinge wants NCCI Otjiwarongo branch revived

12 Aug 2016 10:00am
OTJIWARONGO, 12 AUG (NAMPA) – The dormant branch of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) at Otjiwarongo must be revived, Otjozondjupa Governor Otto Ipinge says.
The governor made these remarks at the signing of a memorandum of understanding between Imerys Gecko Holdings Namibia and Otjiwarongo NCCI interim Chairperson, Eddy Kgobetsi here on Thursday.
The NCCI branch at Otjiwarongo was founded in 2003 but in 2006, most co-founding members deserted the branch for unknown reasons.
Imerys Gecko Holdings Namibia is expected to start mining and processing graphite ore at the old Okorusu Fluorspar Mine outside the town, which closed down in 2014.
They joined the chamber on Thursday, with the company’s Managing Director, Hans Nolte representing the company at the signing.
Ipinge said the dormant branch must be revived in order to create a platform where local businesspeople can network. He called on businesses in the Otjiwarongo district to join the branch and reap the benefits offered by the chamber.
On his part, Kgobetsi said the Otjiwarongo branch has 20 paid-up members, while his office has made contact with 120 local businesses.
“We are trying hard to increase the number of paid-up members so that in September this year, we can hold our elective congress where some of our members will be elected to serve the branch for two years,” he said.
Established in 1990 as the Namibia National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NNCCI) and renamed to NCCI in 1998 with regional branches, the body acts in the interest of local business entities by providing support and information, and organising conferences and addressing issues of trade.