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NIPDB takes campaigns to empower MSMEs in Namibia

By Staff Reporter

The Namibia Investment Promotion and Development (NIPDB) has taken it’s first-ever information sessions in engaging Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises with its programme called Know2Grow campaign which was launched in February this year.

The Know2Grow campaign is the NIPDB’s MSME-focused anchor campaign and is aimed at empowering MSMEs with vital knowledge and information that enable them to scale by gaining access to markets, to sell their products or secure funding for business expansion.

Ms.Catherine Shipushu, Senior Manager: Marketing, Branding and Communications

The NIPDB facilitates collaboration between the various stakeholders to ensure the effective implementation of programmes that will create an enabling ecosystem for MSMEs & Start-ups in Namibia.

NIPDB has kicked off its Know2Grow campaign in Tsumeb in the Oshikoto region May 10, and it will end its northern advocacy campaigns in Katima Mulilo on 20 May 2022.

“In addition to the experts representing various Business Support Organisations, the NIPDB has enlisted prominent entrepreneurs as speakers to share their entrepreneurship experience and motivate the participants. These include Nico Kaiyamo, an entrepreneur based in Tsumeb, Beata Shitemba, founder of Nels Babies and Kiddies, Keri Kosozi, founder of Usuta Couture and Priscah Mayumbelo, Founding Director of PM Transport and Road Safety Consulting.” Explained Ms. Catherine Shipushu, Senior Manager: Marketing, Branding and Communications

Since its launch , the campaign has been rolled out in the Hardap and //Kharas regions, engaging with over 1,000 MSME owners so far. The NIPDB has set itself an ambitious target of empowering at least 3,000 MSMEs countrywide by the end of the year.

“All sessions are free and open to MSMEs currently operating in or those who aspire to start businesses in the following sectors: Textile and Manufacturing; Agriculture, Horticulture and Food Processing; Electronics and Information, Communication & Technology; Pharmaceuticals, Renewable Energy and Green Hydrogen.”

Sessions has been taking place as follows:

On  10 May 2022 Tsumeb Makalani Hotel Wednesday, 11 May 2022 Omuthiya Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sport and Culture Monday, 16 May 2022 Ondangwa Town Lodge Tuesday, 17 May 2022 Eenhana Monte Carlo Hotel Wednesday, 18 May 2022 Rundu Trade Fair Centre Friday, 20 May 2022 Katima Mulilo Protea Hotel Zambezi

NIPDB aims to stimulate a dynamic MSME ecosystem characterised by thriving, sustainable businesses that are capable of accessing international markets and positively contributing to the country’s economic development.

The NIPDB is confident that initiatives such as Know2Grow will help to unlock and promote youth entrepreneurship in the country,which can potentially catalyse economic growth through skills development and create much needed employment opportunities.

“The Board therefore calls on more private and public entities to come on board as strategic partners and in so doing contribute towards supporting a larger number of MSMEs.”

Interested parties may contact the NIPDB via email at K2G@nipdb.com or call 0811 226029.

NIPDB is a non-profit association incorporated under section 21, and is established as an autonomous entity in the Presidency, and pronounced as a Public Enterprise in accordance with Section 2 of the Public Enterprises Governance Act, 2019 (Act No. 1 of 2019). NIPDB is mandated to promote and facilitate local and foreign investments and new ventures, to contribute to economic development and job creation.

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