NCCI's northern chairperson views 2013 as challenging year

17 Dec 2013 17:40pm
ONGWEDIVA, 17 DEC (NAMPA) – The Chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI)’s Northern Branch Executive Committee, Tomas Iindji has described 2013 as a challenging year for the Chamber because of the drought.
The drought experienced by Namibia this year is said to be the worst the country has endured in 30 years.
Iindji said in his festive season message issued here on Monday the drought had a devastating impact on food security and local economy.
“The Chamber spearheaded debate and successfully relayed a message around the country that in spite of such economic challenge, the fundamentals which make northern Namibia a good place to do business, remain intact,” he noted.
Iindji went on to say the NCCI’s Northern Branch will continue to position itself to show real leadership on the key issues impacting on the northern Namibia’s global competitiveness to retain and grow foreign direct investment, as well as promoting joint ventures between big or national companies to add value to the local economy.
He further said this year Government continued to invest in the northern regions where capital projects such as infrastructure development which bear favourable direct and indirect impacts, had been witnessed in the local economy.
“We believe more progress will be made by our government in 2014 to support local investments,” Iindji stated.
He said the NCCI on its part continues to represent the needs of its members to both the governmental authorities, media and at regional, national and international level.