NCCI hosts Windhoek Mayoral Business Forum

The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) today hosted the Windhoek Mayoral Business Forum under the theme Procurement in Windhoek to outline opportunities and proposed solutions to challenges facing the city.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the City of Windhoek Robert Kahimise gave a detailed presentation of the city's budget and how the N. dollar 5 billion operating budget of the city is used in ensuring city residents are provided with the services for which they pay rates and taxes.

Kahimise said Windhoek currently has 400 000 residents with one-third of these living in informal settlements.

Kahimise said although residents who live in informal settlements don't pay rates and taxes they still benefit from services provided for by the municipality, a situation he said is unsustainable.

Let us not hide from the realities confronting us; emergency, disaster and assistance is provided for by the city's municipality to residents of informal settlements but they do not contribute to the city's budget and they do not pay for those services, Kahimise said.

The proposed solution to this dilemma according to Kahimise is unlocking the potential of the city mainly through land delivery and the formalising or upgrading of informal settlements into residential areas.

Kahimise said that solar energy supply to the city is an emerging trend and there are opportunities for players in the energy industry.

He gave an example of rooftop installation on the Ohlthaver and List building at the Namibia breweries as an example of potential for business people to save and store solar energy in order to re-supply into the city grid.

Kahimise said the market for solar power will eventually correct itself and even though it may not seem as a profitable venture in future there will be a demand for electricity from suppliers to feed the grid.

The forum was addressed by Mayor of Windhoek, Muesee Kazapua NCCI CEO Charity Mwiya, and NCCI Chairperson for the Windhoek branch Martin Shipanga who outlined the economic challenges in the city as an opportunity for innovation and creativity to spearhead and advance economic growth.

Source: Namibia Press Agency