14 Sep 2016 09:20am
By Maggy Thomas
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) The Namibian High Commission to Malaysia is organising a trade, investment and tourism road show aimed at bringing together Namibian businesspersons with their south-east Asian counterparts.
The show is scheduled for 24 September to 05 October 2016 in Malaysia aimed to bring together businesses to network and discuss areas of possible cooperation and investment in Namibia and Malaysia.
Namibian High Commissioner to Malaysia Anne Namakau Mutelo told Nampa during the Foreign Policy Review Conference last month that the road show could link Namibia and the rest of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region, with a population of about 300 million people, with the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), which covers a total population of 600 million people.
The Namibian High Commission in Malaysia also represents the country in Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Timor Lestor, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, Pacific Islands and Fiji.
This is a huge market to promote and sell Namibian quality products such as grapes, fish, beef and dates during our journey in implementing and reducing poverty through the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).
Mutelo said the export of Namibian products to Asia does not have to be in bulk but should curve out a niche and boutique market that the country can supply.
HPP is President Hage Geingob's action plan to accelerate development.
Mutelo challenged Namibian entrepreneurs, small and medium enterprises and social sector stakeholders to make use of the huge market that ASEAN has to offer.
I will continue to use the opportunity of being head of mission in this region to promote investments and strengthen cooperation in the fields of education, agriculture, tourism, health, trade, and infrastructure development.
There is a lot we can learn from this region and it can assist us in realising the aspirations of the HPP and reduce poverty in Namibia, she said.
Namibia and Malaysia celebrated 20 years of bilateral relations this year.