Select Page

Technology, Innovation Support agreement to make information more available

Technology, Innovation Support agreement to make information more available

The Business Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) signed a Technology and Innovation Support Centre agreement with the International University of Management (IUM), the University of Namibia and the National Commission for Research Science and Technology this week.

The agreement sets out the activities, composition and organisation of the Centre Networks and the conditions governing its implementation and management.

Selma Ambunda, Acting Chief Executive Officer of BIPA said the objectives of Centre Networks are to promote the technological development of enterprises, support Research and Development, to offer users services for patent databases and other sources of technical information through direct personal assistance, identify technical issues in terms of enterprises and research topics within universities and research institutes.

“The Centre aims to provide information on the state of the art in various technological fields, to take part in awareness raising activities concerning industrial property rights, participate in the development of research results and identify opportunities in terms of technology transfer,” she explained.

According to the agreement the services provided by the Centre Network include, thematic search, technology watch, technological trends, patent map, freedom to exploit, bibliographical search, statistic search and assistance and guidance services.

The agreements states that the services provided by the members of the Centre Network are available free of charge, but they may charge for those services which provide added-value, such as the drafting of analysis or monitoring reports, assistance in developing a business plan involving intellectual property rights.

Caption: From left to right, Professor Kenneth Matengu, Vice Chancellor of the University of Namibia, Selma Ambunda, Acting Chief Executive Officer at BIPA, Professor Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice Chancellor of the International University of Management and Enid Keramin, Acting Chief Executive Officer of the National Commission of Research Science and Technology.


About The Author

Mandisa Rasmeni

Mandisa Rasmeni has worked as reporter at the Economist for the past five years, first on the entertainment beat but now focussing more on community, social and health reporting. She is a born writer and is working on her degree in Journalism at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST). She believes education is the greatest equalizer. She is the epitome of perseverance, having started as the newspaper's receptionist in 2013.

Following reverse listing, public can now acquire shareholding in Paratus Namibia


20 February 2020, Windhoek, Namibia: Paratus Namibia Holdings (PNH) was founded as Nimbus Infrastructure Limited (“Nimbus”), Namibia’s first Capital Pool Company listed on the Namibian Stock Exchange (“NSX”).

Although targeting an initial capital raising of N$300 million, Nimbus nonetheless managed to secure funding to the value of N$98 million through its CPC listing. With a mandate to invest in ICT infrastructure in sub-Sahara Africa, it concluded management agreements with financial partner Cirrus and technology partner, Paratus Telecommunications (Pty) Ltd (“Paratus Namibia”).

Paratus Namibia Managing Director, Andrew Hall

Its first investment was placed in Paratus Namibia, a fully licensed communications operator in Namibia under regulation of the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN). Nimbus has since been able to increase its capital asset base to close to N$500 million over the past two years.

In order to streamline further investment and to avoid duplicating potential ICT projects in the market between Nimbus and Paratus Namibia, it was decided to consolidate the operations.

Publishing various circulars to shareholders, Nimbus took up a 100% shareholding stake in Paratus Namibia in 2019 and proceeded to apply to have its name changed to Paratus Namibia Holdings with a consolidated board structure to ensure streamlined operations between the capital holdings and the operational arm of the business.

This transaction was approved by the Competitions Commission as well as CRAN, following all the relevant regulatory approvals as well as the necessary requirements in terms of corporate governance structures.

Paratus Namibia has evolved as a fully comprehensive communications operator in Namibia and operates as the head office of the Paratus Group in Africa. Paratus has established a pan-African footprint with operations in six African countries, being: Angola, Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.

The group has achieved many successes over the years of which more recently includes the building of the Trans-Kalahari Fibre (TKF) project, which connects from the West Africa Cable System (WACS) eastward through Namibia to Botswana and onward to Johannesburg. The TKF also extends northward through Zambia to connect to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, which made Paratus the first operator to connect the west and east coast of Africa under one Autonomous System Number (ASN).

This means that Paratus is now “exporting” internet capacity to landlocked countries such as Zambia, Botswana, the DRC with more countries to be targeted, and through its extensive African network, Paratus is well-positioned to expand the network even further into emerging ICT territories.

PNH as a fully-listed entity on the NSX, is therefore now the 100% shareholder of Paratus Namibia thereby becoming a public company. PNH is ready to invest in the future of the ICT environment in Namibia. The public is therefore invited and welcome to acquire shares in Paratus Namibia Holdings by speaking to a local stockbroker registered with the NSX. The future is bright, and the opportunities are endless.