29 May 2013 12:00
WINDHOEK, 29 MAY (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on young Namibian businessmen and women to take positive steps in order to realise their dreams.
The president made this call when he officially inaugurated the newly-upgraded Xwama Cultural Village and Traditional Restaurant in Katutura?s Wanaheda area on Wednesday.
A total amount of N.dollars 4million was invested in the upgrading of the restaurant which caters especially for guests looking to enjoy traditional food and drinks in a traditional setting.
Xwama, named after the Oshiwambo word meaning ?light up?, is a restaurant in the Samora Machel constituency of Katutura that offers mostly traditional food. The restaurant and conference centre is owned by young Namibian businesswoman Twapewa Kadhikwa.
?I take this opportunity to commend the management of this establishment for their contribution to our nation?s on-going effort to address unemployment and poverty,? said Pohamba.
?In the same vein, I urge businessmen and women, as well as business-minded young people to take positive steps in order to realise their dreams. This will enable you to establish your own businesses, create employment opportunities and to contribute to the growth of our economy,? he noted
The Head of State urged the management and staff of Xwama Restaurant to work in harmony, and to ensure that the restaurant becomes synonymous with quality service delivery to all its customers at all times.
He pointed out that the tourism industry is one of the most vital sectors of the Namibian economy.
Pohamba also commended all the stakeholders who have been involved in the development of Xwama Restaurant, especially the City of Windhoek for availing land, the Ministry of Trade and Industry and the banks for providing capital for the expansion of the business venture.
Xwama Cultural Village and Traditional Restaurant employs 30 people who have been trained in various aspects of restaurant management.
Xwama is also provides an opportunity for the visitors to experience the warm and kind hospitality of the Namibian people, right in the heart of Katutura.
Xwama Village comprises a two-floor restaurant that accommodates up to 315 guests, a heritage and craft shop, a fully-fledged conference centre with the capacity to accommodate 40 people, a private VIP Lounge, Wi-Fi hotspot facilities, bed and breakfast facilities as well as upgraded parking areas.
Prime Minister Hage Geingob also attended the inauguration along with several Cabinet ministers and local business personalities.