NCCI elects new leaders for three branches

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) elected new branch leaders for the towns of Ondangwa, Oshakati and Ongwediva at the recently concluded Annual General Meetings (AGMs).

A media statement issued to Nampa on Wednesday said 22 branch leaders for the three branches were elected to serve in various capacities that include, chairpersons, vice-chairpersons, treasurers, branch secretaries and executive members at the meeting held over the weekend.

The statement noted that Ben Hauwanga was elected as the chairperson for the Ongwediva branch, Otilie Kaapangelwa for Oshakati branch and Mario Upite for the Ondangwa branch.

Accepting his chairmanship, Hauwanga said he will spearhead the facilitation of enhancing trade between Namibia and Angola to revive economic activities in and around the towns of Oshikango.

Recent developments in Angola under the new administration provide many opportunities for Namibian businesses.

He added that the Angolan government has expressly stated that they prefer Namibian businesses to participate in various projects that are being opened up for foreign investments.

On the same note, Kaapangelwa, in her acceptance speech said that she will strive to make more local businesses to become members of the NCCI Oshakati branch.

The newly elected chair hopes to see more women entrepreneurs benefiting from services offered by the chamber and thus called on the leadership of the organisation to mobilise more funding to ensure that the NCCI woman's desk is well resourced and capacitated to deliver effectively.

Meanwhile, Upite has singled out the opening up of a branch information office at Ondangwa as a priority in order to ease the burden of members having to travel from Ongwediva office to Ondangwa.

The NCCI is a representative body for businesses in the private sector.

The recently concluded AGM's elected branch leaders will serve two year terms after which their terms of office will come to an end.

Source: Namibia Press Agency