anufacturing directory officially launched

WINDHOEK: The Namibian Manufacturing Association (NMA) together with the Ministry of Trade and Industry officially launched the first edition of the 2014/15 Manufacturing and Processing Directory (MPD).

The first of its kind was officially launched by the Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein on Tuesday in the capital.

Schlettwein said the directory is an important milestone as it the first time they are availing a comprehensive directory of business entities that manufacture in Namibia either finished good or intermediaries, or provide services with home grown expertise.

“The document we are launching today provides a platform for Namibian’s manufacturing industry to showcase its capabilities, products and services, as well as to serve as an information guide of manufacturers and processors,” he said.

He thus called on players in the industry (Manufacturers, processors and suppliers) to participate in future editions,

The directory will be an annual edition with major upgrades to be made to it every year.

“The directory should be made available to all Ministries, State-Owned Enterprises, the Tender Board, retailers and distributors and other private sectors entities and the consumers so that all of us can support Namibia’s manufacturing sector and Namibian service providers,” he stressed, adding that sourcing locally has now been made easier and he appealed to all the procurement agents to utilise the directory extensively and to support local manufacturers and value chains optimally.

Schlettwein noted that they are aware that manufacturers in the country are faces with various challenges that constrain their ability to produce ans compete effectively at home and in export markets elsewhere.

“We are also aware of the high cost of technology, utilities, production input, finance, transport and logistics, as well as shortage of skills,” he mentioned some of the challenges, adding that the industry sector is also under a constant pressure to cut costs, to improve quality and to meet environmental and international standards and penetrate markets with more competitive products.

The minister thus stated that he strongly feel that there is ease to do business in Namibia and manufacturing entities in the country also has to be improved.

Schlettwein pointed out a total of 1006 companies, most of them being Small Market Enterprises, were assisted under the Ministry’s Business Support Service Programs.

(edited)WINDHOEK: The Namibian Manufacturing Association (NMA) and the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) officially launched the first edition of the 2014/15 Manufacturing and Processing Directory (MPD) here on Tuesday.

The directory is the first of its kind in Namibia, and provides a comprehensive list of business entities involved in the Namibian manufacturing industry, dealing either in finished goods or intermediaries.

The directory also includes companies which provide manufacturing and processing services with home-grown expertise.

Trade and Industry Minister Calle Schlettwein described the directory as an important milestone in the Namibian manufacturing industry.

“The document we are launching today provides a platform for Namibia’s manufacturing industry to showcase its capabilities, products and services, as well as to serve as an information guide of manufacturers and processors,” he stated.

He thus called on the various players in the industry – manufacturers, processors and suppliers – to participate in future editions.

The directory will be an annual production, with major upgrades to be made to it every year.

“The directory should be made available to all ministries, State-owned enterprises, the Tender Board, retailers, distributors and other private sector entities as well as consumers so that all of us can support Namibia’s manufacturing sector and Namibia’s service providers,” Schlettwein noted.

Sourcing manufactured products locally has now also been made easier with the introduction of the directory, and all procurement agents should thus utilise the directory extensively in order to support local manufacturers and value-chains optimally.

Schlettwein added that his ministry is aware that manufacturers in the country are facing various challenges which constrain their ability to produce and compete effectively at home and in export markets elsewhere.

“We are also aware of the high cost of technology, utilities, production input, finance, transport and logistics, as well as the shortages of skills.

The industry sector is also under constant pressure to cut costs, to improve quality and to meet environmental and international standards and penetrate markets with more competitive products,” he continued.

A total of 1,006 companies, most of them small market enterprises, were assisted under the ministry’s Business Support Service Programme.

SOURCE: NAMPA