Windhoek look at Dubai for inspiration

DUBAI: a Powerful delegation under the leadership of Deputy Minister Tweya Tjikero from the Ministry of Trade and Industry, senior officials from local government and housing, investors, business consultants and other business people from Namibia is currently in Dubai to take part in the fourth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM). Dubai is not only well known for its cosmopolitan population and international trade, but also its unique skyline with hundreds of high rise building that is synonym with Dubai.

This city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is also home of the highest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa standing 163 floors high or 828 meters high and was completed during 2010. This development of high rise buildings in Dubai is one of many reason the City Of Windhoek (CoW) also participates in the Investment Meeting. According to the spokes person of the CoW, Joshua Amukugo, they expect to a lot from the investors conference.

But according to Amukugo it is not only to learn and see how they can get development partners, but also to market Namibia, Windhoek and Africa as whole to host investment conferences. ‘We want to expose the face of Windhoek, so that development can take place at a much faster pace’ he told this reporter. There is a lot of similarities between the two cities Amukugo said, adding that Windhoek can copy a lot from Dubai to take back to Windhoek. ‘When arriving in Dubai, you will see a lot of emphasis on the architectural work, and their city engineers put a lot of work into the development of the city’ Amukugo told his reporter.

The three day Investment meeting will start on Tuesday and end on Thursday. Namibia will be represented in various sectors, like environment and tourism, infrastructural development, hospitality, exploration, mining, engineering and energy to mention a few.

DUBAI: A Namibian delegation led by Deputy Minister of Trade Tjikero Tweya is currently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) to participate in the fourth edition of the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM).

The three-day meeting commenced on Tuesday, and is attended by 120 nations.

The Namibian delegation consists of among others senior local authority officials and businesspeople in the sectors of environment and tourism, infrastructure development, hospitality, exploration, mining, engineering and energy.

Dubai has a cosmopolitan population and is a top destination for international trade.

The city has a unique skyline with hundreds of high-rise buildings, including the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, standing almost 830 metres high with 163 floors.

The City of Windhoek’s spokesperson, Joshua Amukugo told Nampa here on Monday that one can see a lot of emphasis was placed on the architectural work of buildings in Dubai, adding that the city’s engineers put a lot of work into its development.

Amukugo said they expect to a lot from the investment conference, but they are here to not only to learn and see how they can get development partners, but also to market Namibia, Windhoek in particular, and the rest of Africa.

“We want to expose the face of Windhoek, so that development can take place at a much faster pace,” he told this agency.

SOURCE: NAMPA