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Employers meet in Walvis Bay for regional conference

06 January 2017 – Representatives of employer organisations in east, central and southern Africa converge on Walvis Bay next month for a major regional Employers’ Conference.

Scheduled for 14 and 15 February 2017 at the Protea Pelican Bay Hotel, some 40 senior officials representing employers’ organisations from as far as Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia, will discuss the importance of employment for economic growth, poverty alleviation, capacity building and sustainable development.

Also present will be senior specialists from the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization of Employers (IOE) in Geneva, Switzerland and from Business Africa.

The theme for 2017 is “Training for Development and Job creation especially for Youth Employment”

The Namibian Employers Federation (NEF) this week issued an advance notification for all employers to diarise the upcoming conference. “Full detail of the guests of honour and speakers together with the programme will be made available nearer the time, but we expect prominent Namibian business personalities to make presentations” stated the NEF.

Namibia is the 2017 host nation for employers’ organisations from east, central and southern Africa.

The conference is usually over two days and the theme can be selected by the host country with agreement from the International Organization of Employers (IOE). The discussions focus on addressing social and economic issues, helping the private sector grow at regional level, boosting employment creation, assisting the informal economy, poverty alleviation and sustainable development.

The conference will also focus on strengthening employers’ organizations by providing new and better service delivery to members and companies.

More Information can be obtained from Helena Veico at [email protected] or telephone +264-61-244089.

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Daniel Steinmann

Educated at the University of Pretoria: BA (hons), BD. Postgraduate degrees in Philosophy and Divinity. Publisher and Editor of the Namibia Economist since February 1991. Daniel Steinmann has steered the Economist as editor for the past 32 years. The Economist started as a monthly free-sheet, then moved to a weekly paper edition (1996 to 2016), and on 01 December 2016 to a daily digital newspaper at It is the first Namibian newspaper to go fully digital. He is an authority on macro-economics having established a sound record of budget analysis, strategic planning and assessing the impact of policy formulation. For eight years, he hosted a weekly talk-show on NBC Radio, explaining complex economic concepts to a lay audience in a relaxed, conversational manner. He was a founding member of the Editors' Forum of Namibia. Over the years, he has mentored hundreds of journalism students as interns and as young professional journalists. From time to time he helps economics students, both graduate and post-graduate, to prepare for examinations and moderator reviews. He is the Namibian respondent for the World Economic Survey conducted every quarter for the Ifo Center for Business Cycle Analysis and Surveys at the University of Munich in Germany. Since October 2021, he conducts a weekly talkshow on Radio Energy, again for a lay audience. On 04 September 2022, he was ordained as a Minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Africa (NHKA). Send comments or enquiries to [email protected]

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