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Schlettwein optimistic about Growth at home

Mon, 1 September 2014 02:11
by Linekela Halwoodi
Business



Minister of Trade and Industry Calle Schlettwein has revealed the Growth at Home Policy which aims to improve participation of local companies in the economy is making steady progress although facing slight difficulties on co-ordination.
Growth at Home is a deliberate policy by Government to see local companies especially in the manufacturing and retail sector being the local consumer priority at a time when imports from South Africa have been rising.
 “We have a policy under the ministry that says the uniforms should be manufactured by Namibian companies. It is not 100% there yet but there is progress especially in making uniforms for health officials, customs officials, police, soldiers and schools.
“There is a challenge is getting the co-ordination right. For example with making school uniforms each school has its own colours and emblems. We have requested the Ministry of Education to help us but it is working well” Schlettwein told The Villager in an interview.
He also said the private sector is more accepting of smaller Namibian manufacturers, saying that “we need to develop that capacity where local products are good enough. Good quality products should not be used as a stumbling block to get smaller enterprises involved”.
He added that Namibia is expected to become sufficient in making its own uniforms in the next two years.
The Minister remarks also come at a time when local retail shops with a South African origin have been making it extremely difficult to find their way on the shelves.
The June statistics from the Namibian Statistics Agency shows that, Namibia imported N$5.2b worth of goods which is 37% less compared to the N$8.3b worth of imports in May this year.
The imported goods include clothing accessories valued at N$80m which was N$13m less than May imports. In that same month, textiles articles worth N$3m were imported from China a drastic decrease compared to N$11m worth of goods imported in May.

“We have a policy under the ministry that says the uniforms should be manufactured by Namibian companies. It is not 100% there yet but there is progress especially in making uniforms for health officials, customs officials, police, soldiers and schools.

Trade and industry wants to redirect tenders to smaller/individual enterprises such as the tailors and seamstresses in Singe Quarters, Katutura who will be able to make uniforms for government employed officials such as health officials, soldiers, police officers and customs officials.
This year, the Ministry of Health and Social services’ nurses uniform tender which was awarded to a Chinese company was withdraw.