Team Namibia grows membership, appoints new CEO
Addressing the Team Namibia members for the first time, Dumeni said “Team Namibia has a unique mandate to fulfil and its success is to the benefit and upliftment of our fellow countrymen. Just like Namibia, I feel youthful, positive about the future and I endeavour to use the energy and passion of my youth to serve and positively impact our national socio-economic development agenda.”
Team Namibia members gathered this week in Windhoek for the domestic trade promotor’s annual general meeting.
More specifically Team Namibia’s role in stimulating the increased consumption of local products and services among government, businesses and consumers was deliberated. A panel discussion was held with a range of panel members to discuss this topic from different perspectives:
Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, Director of Transformation at Pick n Pay and Chairman of the Pick n Pay Foundation shared insights from a retail perspective, particularly their Small Business Initiative / Shelf Life Project which drives more suppliers from previously disadvantaged communities.
Michael Iyambo, Chairman of the Namibian Agronomic Board’s National Horticultural Task Team reviewed the Horticulture Market Share Promotion scheme which stimulates the local production of fruit and vegetables in order to contribute towards increased national food self-sufficiency and security as well as import substitution.
Monica Kalondo from Pointbreak reflected on the service industry as an enabler for local market access and shared thoughts on how a truly conducive business environment can be created for thriving Namibian businesses.
Jaco Venter, MD of Plastic Packaging and Board Member of Team Namibia and the Namibian Manufacturers Association made suggestions on how Namibian manufacturers’ share of the value chain can be increased.
Dixon Norval, Vice Chairperson of Team Namibia mentioned that with the organisation’s new brand, Team Namibia’s visibility needs to filter through to every aspect of Namibian life. Team Namibia has started a movement which has the potential to re-ignite change in every Namibian household and beyond borders.
He said Team Namibia needs educate consumers who know that they help change Namibia with every single purchase: “By simply buying Team Namibia, we can impact our country in greater ways one could ever imagine”
Forty seven businesses received certificates for passing Team Namibia’s new membership criteria. Gideon Shilongo, Board Member of Team Namibia stated that the Team Namibia endorsement acts as a filter to help consumers identify products and services fit for purpose through relevant conformity assessments as well as the Namibian component of a product or service via country of origin criteria.