Kunene SMEs receive equipment worth N.dollars 3 million

19 Dec 2013 11:50am
OPUWO, 19 DEC (NAMPA) – Fourty owners of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Kunene Region received equipment worth N.dollars 3 million from the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) here on Monday to improve their business operations.
The equipment comes from the MTI’s programme dealing with the development and strengthening of small local businesses through equipment aid.
The Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Daniel Nghidinua, handed-over the equipment to the beneficiaries and told Nampa that the donation is meant to add value to Namibian-made products as well as to create employment.
“Businesses such as the ones dealing with the sewing of clothes must be strengthened so that they can grow to a level where they would be able to produce school uniforms in their areas.
If they can do that, then we will do away with the importing of school uniforms from other regions, or from other countries,” he noted.
The SMEs received equipment such as tailoring machines, car-wash machines, butchery equipment, tools for auto-mechanics, welding machines, restaurant equipment and wheel-repair equipment.
Nghidinua said his ministry decided to make these donations to the 40 SMEs in the Kunene Region in an effort to fulfil part of its mandate to create employment, reduce poverty and add value to products which are made in Namibia.