…Newly elected chairperson, Shipanga lays down marker
By Hilary Mare
THE newly elected chairperson of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) Windhoek branch, Martin Shipanga has vowed to revive the branch he believes has the capacity and potential to become the chamber’s flagship branch.
Shipanga was elected chair with Geoffrey Kauta as the new vice chairperson of which both take over from Parastus Nepolo and Margareth Gustavo respectively. Other executive committee members of which most are retained from the previous committee are Valme Kruger, Philip Hikumwah, Florencia Kavendjii, Parastus Nepolo, Taleni Shimhopileni, Stanley Thomas.
The elections were presided by the Gideon Shilongo as a national corporate member, representing O & L Group and administered by the Acting CEO, Charity Mwiya and the Secretariat.
In an exclusive interview with Confidente this week, Shipanga who is also the executive chairman of Shipanga Holdings highlighted that his election presented the branch with an opportunity to implement practical strategies that ignite interest from the business community at large.
He further vowed to create a platform where business can exchange ideas and opportunities that foster development and national progress.
“I think we have a working framework and the first thing that we need to do is to clearly identify the needs and challenges of the business people and then try to address them. This entails devising an action plan to address these challenges. We want to have functioning and profitable businesses because this will enable us as a branch to create jobs and add value to our economy,” Shipanga explained.
Confident of this, Shipanga further stated that once this is achieved, the branch will be able to increase its paid up membership.
“We also now want to play a bigger role as the voice of the business community. If you look at what is happening now with the economy of the country, there has not been any attempt to hear the voice of business on how some of these challenged can be addre s s ed and or a v e r t e d . For this, we would like to create that d i a l o g u e that benefits not only the chamber but fosters national development.
“We further need to create positive messages in our community and this is done by doing positive things that create positive energy,” added Shipanga.
With regards to inclusivity, Shipanga noted that the branch will be made open for all those that seek membership and would allow for broad based participation.
“I will make sure that we will derive a common plan that is inclusive to both members and aspiring members. We need that plan and my job there after will be making sure that we meet the expectations of the plan. We hope to have more business people involved in the programs of the chamber and the agenda of this branch must be set by the business people,” Shipanga elaborated.
Bemoaning the lack of understanding and knowledge of the chamber, Shipanga also noted that the branch will try to avail correct information to all.
“There is a general lack of knowledge about the chamber and its constitutional structure and this should not deter potential members,” he concluded.
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