By Hilary Mare
CHAIRPERSON of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and industry (NCCI) northern branch, Tomas Iindji, has said that it is now this time to redouble efforts and focus on youth in business as those business categories still have energy to drive the economy going forward.
In a year opening statement, Indji further reiterated that young entrepreneurs need to focus on positive development and shun negativity.
“It is this time we need to focus on the genuine economic fight and think outside the box on survival in terms of business, let’s own business and become legitimate rich. We can only succeed if we are working as team, working together, strategizing and engaging one another, but not working against each other, thus working against each other we will not win this economic fight, whether we like it or not, we will not achieve this.
“In this journey of growth, it is imperative that we need to engage one another and other stakeholders. We need to pursue growth ambitions for our country, we need to assist our government in different form, it’s our government and government is not building but us and system lets support our leaders and government must also listen to business people, in that way we can pull together in one direction,” he said.
In encouraging the business community in the north, Iindji extended that as a generation that is privileged to have seen the days of harmony and peace, the community must jealously guard the sovereignty of the nation. “The fundamental principle in this task is to appreciate, celebrate and cherish the diversities of our cultures as they collectively form an identity for which we are known to be as Namibians. That is humility, towards one another, respect for one another, loving one another and caring for each other. As a nation we must not see ourselves as Oshiwambo speaking people, Lozi speaking people, Otjiherero speaking people, Damara/Nama speaking people Rukavango speaking people, Batswana speaking people, San speaking people, Germany speaking people or Afrikaans speaking people. We must see ourselves as children of one Namibian House.
“We all know and understand the suffering that our motherland Namibia went through and thus we have a duty to preserve the family unit that identifies us as Namibians. I’m therefore, calling upon our members and potential members of NCCI, from all corners of this beautiful republic to regard tribalism as an epidemic like Polio/Ebola which should be kicked out of Namibia. We should never tolerate tribalism, regionalism, and racisms at all. Therefore we should hold hands as children of one motherland. In the same vein, we must not identify or associate our leaders to tribes. Leaders are not identified with tribes; they are identified with a collective nation at large,” he added.In conclusion he said: “Namibia is undergoing economic down turn and challenges. This situation is evident in Namibia’s revised budget that is geared towards cutting government expenditure. This economic turmoil is further exacerbated by the global economic crisis experienced by many global economic powers. This situation calls for businesses to avail a prudent approach towards controlling their costs in order for them to improve the bottom line. As a custodian and voice of the business people, the NCCI offers some advice in this regard. It is important to note that irrespective of the size of business, every business should try its best to cut costs to make the ends meet in a recession struck economy. For any business wishing to improve its financial status and gain some sort of stable footing in the market, controlling cost is mandatory. If a business does not get hold of its hidden and seen costs, it will find itself in a very uncompetitive situation with a large overhead.”
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