By Hileni Nembwaya
THE North’s most innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in the Oshana, Omusati, Ohangwena and Oshikoto regions were honoured last Saturday night, at an awards ceremony held at Ongwediva.
The awards were being organised by Namibia New Age Investments (NNAI), in partnership with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Northern Branch, the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) and Confidente.
NNAI executive Isaac Tjaronda said that they had taken a decision to recognise the achievements and the hard work of SME employers in Namibia.
“As a way of uplifting and bringing the SMEs into our economic mainstream, and making sure that, as the Harambee Prosperity Plan says, ‘No one should feel left out’, our goal is to be a leader, through empowering, recognising and supporting SMEs,” said Tjaronda.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Permanent Secretary, Gabriel Sinimbo, commended the NNAI and the NCCI Northern Branch for initiating an event of this magnitude.
“The inaugural 2017 Northern SME Awards will undoubtedly motivate our entrepreneurs to redouble their entrepreneurial pursuits, while at the same time encouraging businesses to be innovative and responsive, to the changing needs and demands of consumers,” Sinimbo said.
“For Namibia to realise both its long and short-term goals, as outlined in vision 2030, the Fifth National development Plan (NDP5) and the Harambee Prosperity Plan, there is indeed a need to fast-track and accelerate the development of the Namibian economy, through initiatives of this nature, aimed at encouraging micro, small and medium enterprises.”
The Best SME Year award was scoped by Greenside Trading Enterprises, owned by Andreas Kanu Nangobe.
Mwetumona Investment cc scoped the Best SME Woman of the Year award, and the Most Innovative SME of the Year award was scoped by Idea Zone Investment. The Macro Business of the Year award was also won by Greenside Trading Enterprises. Prominent Ondangwa businessman, Prince Shiimi, walked away with the Lifetime Achiever of the Year award.
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