By Hilary Mare
THE business community under the leadership of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) will look to join hands with the Presidency and implement a public private sector dialogue in the Harambee Prosperity Plan.
Sven Thieme, NCCI president noted that this dialogue will be geared towards developing common strategies for the creation of a conducive policy and legislative environment in which the economy can become more competitive and grow faster.
“We are working on the first such dialogue to take place before the end of this year and to have such dialogue sessions twice every year going forward,” he said. Thieme further reiterated that the NCCI had remained focused on its core business which is advocating the interest of its members and a number of serious engagements were made with key stakeholders during the previous year.
“Since the beginning of this year, a lot of efforts were put into making inputs into the Harambee Prosperity Plan and a review of several pieces of legislations such as the Local Authorities Amendment Bill, the Marine Resources Amendment Bill, the 2016/2017 Appropriation Bill and the National Equitable Economic Empowerment Bill for which consultations are ongoing.
“We made substantial inputs into the NEEEF discussions and we will continue to do so. The NCCI wholeheartedly share the concern about economic inequalities in our society and we totally disapprove it. We have maintained our position which we made clear in previous years that we need effective policies and legislations which can correct the economic and social imbalances of the past which were created by the apartheid administration in this country.
“We therefore fully support the intention of NEEEF because we are fully aware that the current situation of inequality and widespread poverty is not only inhumane but largely unsustainable and it poses serious social and political risks for Namibia,” he added.
During the past 26 years, the NCCI has been able to mobilise a significant number of businesses in this country and to provide a platform for them to make collective efforts in making the voice of business heard on a number of key issues.
“We are today a truly national, united, independent and progressive private sector representative body with a clear mandate of advocating the interests of the Namibian enterprising community and making significant contributions to the improvement of the business environment in our country. We are proud of our record in this respect and are indeed looking forward to a challenging future with greater confidence and optimism,” said Thieme.
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