Nam’s First Manufacturing Directory Launched

IN hope of improving the manufacturing industry, the Namibia Manufacturers Association (NMA) has published the first edition of the Manufacturing amp Processing Namibia directory.

The publication was launched by the Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein, in Windhoek on Tuesday.

The directory provides a platform for the Namibian manufacturing industry to showcase its capabilities, products amp services, as well as to serve as an information guide of manufactures and processors.

NMA Chief Executive Officer Ronnie Varkevisser said the publication is a direct result of their initiative, which was welcomed and supported by the trade ministry, in recognition of the need for a comprehensive listing, focusing solely on the manufacturing and processing sector.

Varkevisser said, “we are also pleased that we secure the services of the well-known and respected Virtual Marketing as the third partner, responsible for production and publishing.”

Schlettwein said the manufacturing sector plays a strategic role in economic development and is the component of industry that presents significant opportunities for sustained growth, employment and poverty reduction through value addition or through transforming raw materials to intermediaries or finished goods.

He said the publication should therefore be used by all players in the industry (manufacturers, processors and suppliers) to participate in future editions, making it an annual publication to look forward to.

Schlettwein indicated that the government is aware of the challenges that manufacturers in the country face, some of which might constrain their ability to produce and compete effectively in the country 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,” Schlettwein said.

According to the Namibian Statistics Agency (NSA), a labour force survey of 2012 indicates there are 28 409 employed workers in the manufacturing and related industries, which effectively comprise 4.5% of the total labour force.

Source : The Namibian