Public private dialogue facilitated

From left; Ms Ndiitah Nghipondoka-Robiati (Chief Executive Officer of NTF), Mr Brian Black (Chairperson of NMA) and Mr. Ronnie Varkevisser (CEO: NMA) sealing their new cooperation by signing a MoU to facilitate a coordinative approach in stimulating manufacturing and local sourcing initiatives such as the developing and monitoring the Retail Charter.

The Namibia Manufacturers Association and the Namibian Trade Forum signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for mutual collaboration to facilitate public private dialogue and cooperation for a conducive business environment.

The focus is on realising the industrialisation objectives as set out in the National Development Plans and the Growth at Home Strategy. The MoU was signed by Mr. Brian Black, Chairperson of NMA and Ms Ndiitah Nghipondoka- Robiati, Chief Executive Officer of the NTF.
Under the terms of the MoU, cooperation will include, but not limited to the following: Partnership on Retail Charter development and export promotion, Data sharing for policy formulation, Regular, reciprocal feedback and involvement and Expertise sharing.
The MoU is signed on the basis of mutual respect and in a spirit of goodwill. This essentially facilitates a coordinated approach to stimulate manufacturing and local sourcing initiatives such as the development and monitoring of the Retail Charter.
Established in 1994, The Namibian Manufacturers Association (NMA) functions as a representative for Namibian manufacturers. Serving as a group in negotiations with the government, as well as to promote Namibian manufactured products. Moreover, developing strategies for deliberations with the government and other organisations to promote the development of a conducive environment for manufacturing.
The Namibia Trade Forum is an agency of the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development. Its main objective is to formalise Public/Private dialogue and cooperation with emphasis on industrialisation policies, international and domestic trade, investment and SME Development as it relates to the mandate of the ministry.