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World indigenous business people meet in Windhoek

Chairperson of the Indigenous Peoples’ Business Forum, Albin Illovo and its Vice President, Chrisch Siririka, at the official announcement of the Forum this week.

Chairperson of the Indigenous Peoples’ Business Forum, Albin Illovo and its Vice President, Chrisch Siririka, at the official announcement of the Forum this week.

Namibia will be the first African country to host the World Indigenous Business Forum (WIBF) on 16, 17 and 18 October at the Windhoek Country Club. The conference is organised by the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute.
The World Indigenous Business Forum will officially open on Wednesday, 16 October. The morning of 17 October is dedicated solely to panel presentations by Chiefs, Tribal Leaders, Kings and Queens. The WIBF delegation during this time will observe the proceedings. At the official launch this week, the Forum said the event will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to develop partnerships and to form strategic alliances with global leaders.
The forum is designed for entrepreneurs, Chiefs and Council members, governments, tribal and nation Leaders, Boards of Directors, corporations and educators alike. “Hosting this conference means that our SMEs will get international exposure, they will hear from other countries, how their chiefs are contributing to the economy of their country. They will be able to interact with other indigenous business people, maybe even sign agreements. We invited them because we want Namibia to learn from them,” said Chrisch Siririka, Vice President and CEO of the Indigenous Peoples’ Business Forum in Windhoek upon enquiries from the Economist. About 200 delegates including those from Namibia are expected to attend this forum. Participating countries for this year’s conference are Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Guatemala. Speakers include amongst others, King Immanuel Kauluma Eliphas, the King of Ondonga, Marco Hausiku, Deputy Prime Minister, Carlos Batzin, Minister of Culture and Sport, Republic of Guatemala and Micah McCarty, Chairman of the Makah Tribal Council in Neah Bay, Washington, USA.

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