25 Nov 2013 16:00pm
WINDHOEK, 25 NOV (NAMPA) - Businesses here need to understand the importance of producing goods and services which are safe for Namibian society in order to remain sustainable.
This was the view of the Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Tjekero Tweya on Monday whilst officially opening a two-day Namibia Sustainable Business workshop underway here.
Failure to do so, such products and business operations may face difficulties, or cease to operate in the economy because they will lose their reputations, he advised.
Tweya then urged local businesses to participate and contribute to the development of sustainable and corporate social responsibility issues.
The workshop is aimed at increasing understanding of sustainable business practices within the private sector.
It will also improve knowledge on practical and useful tools of how companies can apply existing international standards and means available to improve their sustainable business operations, and increase understanding on how standardisation can function as a platform for partner-driven cooperation.
Tweya encouraged businesses to participate in the workshop, and not to be mere spectators.
Do not use standardisation to exclude good initiatives from Namibians, and also make sure that international standards respond to our standards, he noted.
Namibia currently receives all sorts of products from outside the borders because there is no law preventing them from entering.
It is up to consumers to select what they want to consume. Gone are the days that Namibia became a dumping country for those low-quality products. We would no longer receive just any product that is thrown to us, Tweya fumed.
Speaking at the same event, the Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Tarah Shaanika said Namibian businesses would want to apply the highest possible standards in their products and services in order to become competitive in the global market.
But, he said, there is a lack of technology in the country.
Shaanika then called on the government and private sector to create accessibility to technology in order for businesses to improve their production and quality of products and services so as to compete in the global market.
The workshop ends on Tuesday.