12 physically-challenged students graduated in Entrepreneurship through PoN’s CED

WINDHOEK: A total of 12 physically-challenged students yesterday graduated in the field of Entrepreneurship through the Polytechnic of Namibia (PoN)’s Centre for Enterprise Development (CED).

The graduates acquired skills in areas of Business Management, Marketing Management and personal development, amongst others.

President Hifikepunye Pohamba, in a speech delivered on his behalf by Deputy Prime Minister Marco Hausiku, commended the graduates for their hard work during the duration of their studies.

He said graduation ceremonies are an important indicator of the progress the country is making towards human capital development, which is an important pillar in the realisation of the country’s development agenda.

The CED has been offering entrepreneurship training to people with disabilities in partnership with the National Disability Council of Namibia (NDCN) for over two years.

WINDHOEK: Stakeholders in the food and agriculture sectors gathered on Wednesday to discuss ways on how animal and plant species, breeds and products can benefit from the value of intellectual property rights (IPR).

The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF), in collaboration with the Business Intellectual Property Agency (BIPA,) held a one-day workshop under the theme ‘The value of holding national and international intellectual property rights’.

Speaking at the occasion, MAWF permanent secretary Joseph Iita said discussions will allow government to better determine how best the genetic resources and their IPR options can be used to enhance the contribution of genetic resources to Namibia’s economy.

There may be a lack of expertise to advise on IPR in-country, or there may be a need for information or for clearer procedures, policies and legislation, Iita noted.

During the workshop, delegates discussed various issues related to IPR as well as ways to protect and promote innovations and developments from the use of genetic resources.