NCCI elects new leaders for three branches

04 Sep 2019 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) – The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) elected new branch leaders for the towns of Ondangwa, Oshakati and Ongwediva at the recently-concluded Annual General Meeting.
A media statement issued on Wednesday said 22 branch leaders for the three branches were elected to serve in various capacities that include chairpersons, vice-chairpersons, treasurers, branch secretaries and executive members at the meeting held over the weekend.
The statement noted that Ben Hauwanga was elected as the chairperson for the Ongwediva branch, Otilie Kaapangelwa for Oshakati and Mario Upite for the Ondangwa branch.
Accepting his chairmanship, Hauwanga said he will spearhead the facilitation of enhancing trade between Namibia and Angola to revive economic activity in and around the town of Oshikango.
“Recent developments in Angola under the new administration provide many opportunities for Namibian businesses,” he was quoted as saying.
Hauwanga added that the Angolan government has expressly stated that they prefer Namibian businesses to participate in various projects that are being opened up for foreign investments.
Kaapangelwa in her acceptance speech said she will strive to encourage more local businesses to become members of the NCCI Oshakati branch.
The newly-elected chair hopes to see more women entrepreneurs benefitting from services offered by the chamber and thus called on the leadership of the organisation to mobilise more funding to ensure that the NCCI women’s desk is well-resourced and capacitated to deliver effectively.
Meanwhile, Upite singled out the opening up of a fixed branch information office at Ondangwa as a priority.
The NCCI is a representative body for businesses in the private sector.
The new branch leaders will serve two-year terms.