Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development, Tjekero Tweya said the time has come for Namibia to embrace and welcome investors with open arms and create the necessary conducive environment that will inspire them to settle in Namibia.
Tweya said this at the Kavango West Regions Investment Conference on Thursday held under the theme Invest in Kavango West Region.
The minister said Namibia needs to remove all sorts of bottlenecks that suffocate investment opportunities for Namibia and in particular the Kavango West Region, noting that there are incidents where investors with interest to invest in Namibia were given the cold shoulder. It is one thing to talk about investments, saying we want investors to come to Kavango West; but it is another thing when the investors are here and they are treated with hostility from the point of arrival at our airport where our immigration officials at the first point of entry in Namibia treat them with hostility, said Tweya.
He said Namibians should change their mindset and treat investors with respect and courtesy, which will go a long way towards Namibias industrialisation programme. Tweya further applauded the regional leadership for the great initiative, which he described as a breakthrough, since it is one of the newly established regions and by the same token, the least developed one.
This region has enormous potential in agribusiness development because of its strategic geographical location and natural resource endowment, he said.
The one-day event brought high-level policymakers, government agencies and funding institutions to discuss ways to accelerate the economic development of the region through investments. Kavango West Regional Governor, Sirkka Ausku in her welcoming remarks said countries, regions and towns develop through investment and the Kavango West region has identified sectors to invest in – highlighted in its investment portfolio booklet and also launched at the conferences opening ceremony.