THE Ministry of Industrialization and Trade has described the annual trade and investment mission to Namibia from June 6-10 as a great success.
The mission, which aimed to explore potential business and investment opportunities, create networks for sellers, buyers, agents, suppliers, as well as cross-exchange partnerships in the education sectors , Health, Culture and Sport, was led by the Namibian Ambassador to the United States, Margaret Mensah-Williams.
According to a statement from the ministry, the mission was multisectoral and focused on education, mining and mineral beneficiation, logistics and container terminals, agriculture and agro-industry, low-cost housing. prices, tourism and hotels, water and electricity production, creation, industry and culture, pharmaceutical and medical supplies, including phytotherapy, marine resources, as well as natural resources.
The annual Trade and Investment Mission is an initiative of the Namibian Embassy in Washington and was facilitated by the Ministry of Commerce and the Embassy.
This is the sixth mission since its creation in 2014.
The last mission dates back to 2019.
The US delegation, made up of 11 delegates including one high-ranking delegate from the US government and 10 from the private sector, arrived in Namibia on 6 June.
“The President and CEO of the American Foundation for African Development (USADF), Travis Adkins, represented the United States government,” the statement said.
USADF is an independent federal agency that works directly with Africa’s most vulnerable and underserved communities to deliver local economic development and growth.
“The agency is a community-level connector, providing grants and technical assistance of up to $250,000 to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), agribusinesses, and promising young and women entrepreneurs,” the ministry says.
Representing the private sector, two Namibian honorary consuls from the states of Texas and Virginia, Robert Braubach and Nin Aseeya Ra-El.
Delegates had multilateral engagements with President Hage Geingob and various senior government officials, private sector representatives and members of civil society.
Besides a courtesy visit to the President, the delegation also visited the Minister of Industrialization and Trade, Lucia Iipumbu, the Governor of Erongo Region, Neville Andre, the Chargé d’Affaires at the Embassy of United States in Namibia, Jessica Long, among other officials and executives.
The delegation visited Meatco, Namport, Namibia Breweries, Seaworks Fish Processers, Gemstone Market, Karibib Gemstone Training Centre, Erongo Winery and Penduka Village.
The delegation met Ben Nangombe, Executive Director of the Ministry of Health and Social Services, on 7 June.
In attendance were representatives from the University of Namibia School of Medicine (Unam), Central Medical Warehouses and the Medicine Regulatory Council of Namibia.
The vice-chancellor of Unam, Kenneth Matengu, made a presentation which gave rise to a fruitful discussion.
During the visit to the Erongo region on June 9, the delegation, accompanied by Mensah-Williams, paid a courtesy visit to the Governor and Namport.
In Windhoek, the delegation visited the village of Penduka, a non-governmental development organization working with women based at the Goreangab dam in Katutura.
Penduka Village provides work for around 499 women, including 39 on permanent contracts and 460 on fixed-term contracts, to produce clothes, bags, bedding, towels, decorative objects, toys, etc. by hand.
The village has a shop which provides a platform for products to be displayed and sold to visitors, mainly tourists.
The mission included the “Doing Business in Namibia” seminar and B2B meetings held on June 7 at the Safari Hotel and chaired by Iipumbu.
According to the ministry, the seminar was well attended with a total of 117 Namibian and American delegates, excluding leaders but mostly local government, private sector and civil society representation.
The forum was a great opportunity for local business representatives to network and build relationships in their areas of expertise.
Besides, it has also given government institutions an opportunity to promote their projects and products, the ministry said.
The ministry, however, recommended that the facilitation of the incoming trade and investment mission be led by the Namibia Industrial Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB), with the ministry only playing a supporting role.
“The NIPDB got the mandate and the budget when its forerunner, the Namibian Investment Center, transformed into a parastal,” the ministry said.
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