The future looks bright

Tomorrow marks Namibia's 27th independence anniversary. Known for its proud history and rich cultural diversity, Namibia celebrates peace and stability that have provided a conducive environment for socio-economic development and progress, says Sven Thieme of O&L.

20 March 2017 | Business

Sven Thieme, executive chairman of the Ohlthaver & List (O&L) Group and president of the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), has expressed confidence in the country's future despite the current global and local economic challenges.

“We are faced with a tough economic climate which poses a lot of challenges. However, we should remain focused and not lose the opportunity that is presented by a good crisis – the opportunity of finding breakthroughs we never would have found had it not been for the tough times,” he says.

According to Thieme Namibia is undoubtedly one of the most peaceful and economically stable countries in Africa.

“It is inspiring and of note that the collective leadership of public and private partnerships have earned Africa's – and dare I say the world's - recognition, respect and trust for Namibia and the leaders who have developed our country, lifted people out of poverty and paved the way for sustainable and equitable prosperity.

“While it is a continuous journey, I am inspired by the significant reduction in poverty levels of the country and the successful integration of people to build one nation. Furthermore ... we have made great strides in infrastructure development while the cooperation between government and the private sector and the conducive business environment created by government are all celebratory successes that deserve pride and recognition.”

On the flipside, a culture of entitlement, corruption, lack of discipline and general inefficiency are challenges that need to be urgently addressed, says Thieme.

“This includes all sectors, namely the public, private, primary, secondary and tertiary sectors. A simple example is the basic understanding of respecting traffic signs and rules. Imagine the chaos we would find ourselves in if we just ignored the rules, whether it is not indicating the turn you're about to take or skipping a red robot. We will eventually not reach our destination as a result of the consequences of ill-discipline.”

Thieme challenges the corporate sector to unite as one voice by partnering with the government to create a sustainable future for generations to come.

“In order to move forward we need to get rid of hidden agendas and leave the past where it belongs. Think, share and act on addressing national concerns such as poverty eradication and income inequality.

“We have the power and ability to secure a positive future for our children, their children and the generations to come. High levels of debt and inefficiency will be at the cost of our children going forward.

“We need to demonstrate more patriotism for our country by supporting local produce, products and services. Many people want their children to have jobs, but they forget that for that to happen they need to support local.”

Thieme concludes by reminding every Namibian of the significant part they play in building a prosperous future for Namibia.

“The journey will be much easier if we become less selfish and greedy and give more recognition to each other. We have to bring thinking to everything and understand that common sense is not always common.

“Let's remind ourselves that we all are leaders in our own right – so recognise and appreciate the leader within you. But remember that true and respected leadership often requires that we listen more than we talk. That way we'll learn more. Here's to 27 years of visionary leadership – may we as a nation rise as the African gem unfolding into stardom. Happy Independence Day!”



STAFF REPORTER

Similar News

 

African Deli's grand plans laid bare

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Business

Born and bred in Mondesa, entrepreneur Silvanus Kathindi is on a mission to produce ready-made tripe meals for the masses, with grandiose plans to produce...

Curro buys SBS

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Business

Private education group Curro has bought its second academic college in just one month, as it gears up to list tertiary learning subsidiary Stadio on...

Kapana champ search starts

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Business

The preliminary rounds in the Nedbank Kapana Cook-Off Competition have kicked off and the first five participants going through to the final round were chosen...

Temporary oil gains lost

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Business

Oil turned lower on Thursday after posting gains earlier in the session as traders look ready to test new lows for crude prices with worries...

Refurbishment to informal stalls

2 days ago - 22 June 2017 | Business

Vendors who ply their trade near the Wernhil Park bus stop will soon move into new stalls while eight informal markets in the capital have...

Risky gold rush

2 days ago - 22 June 2017 | Business

Hulking excavators claw at riverbanks on Indonesia's Sumatra island in the hunt for gold, transforming what was once a rural idyll into a scarred, pitted...

Absa approaches high court over Public Protector's report

2 days ago - 22 June 2017 | Business

Absa and its main shareholder Barclays Africa have decided to approach the high court in order to have the Public Protector's report into Bankorp reviewed...

Marenica tests technology

3 days ago - 21 June 2017 | Business

Prospective uranium miner Marenica will be putting its U-pgrade processing technology on trial locally as moves to show investors that it is sitting on what...

Early days for Ondundu

3 days ago - 21 June 2017 | Business

B2Gold Namibia is yet to make a long-term decision with regards to the development of its joint-venture project with Forsys Metals on the Ondundu project....

Slight uptick in vehicle sales

4 days ago - 20 June 2017 | Business

Vehicle sales remained lacklustre in May with 1 118 vehicles sold according to research house IJG which released its monthly vehicle sales report recently.According them,...

Latest News

Ya Toivo’s life celebrated

17 hours ago | Politics

Namibians from all walks of life gathered at the Independence Stadium in Windhoek to pay homage and bid farewell to liberation struggle icon Andimba Toivo...

Trafficking probe deepens

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Crime

An Air Namibia employee and his Angolan accomplice initially charged with human trafficking did not appear in court yesterday because police were still gathering more...

Haufiku denies Ondangwa utterances

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Health

Health minister Bernard Haufiku has denied saying Ondangwa was not ideal for the construction of a new referral hospital in the north. Haufiku recently drew...

Inmates get 26 years for...

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Crime

The High Court has sentenced three prison inmates - convicted for killing a fellow convict in 2012 after an alleged love triangle - to a...

Man allegedly kills neighbour over...

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Crime

A 52-year-old man was due to appear in court yesterday on suspicion of murdering his 68-year-old neighbour.The incident occurred at Onamhinda village near Oshikango in...

Eye camp restores sight to...

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Health

The directorate of health in the Oshana Region has expressed delight about the success of the government-sponsored intervention aimed at preventing, controlling and eradicating blindness...

Rundu police probe child trafficking

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Crime

The police in Kavango East are investigating cases of human trafficking following the circulation of video footage on social media where two men from Rundu...

Kameisie, the school bully

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Opinion

Back in the days, school bullying was a way of life. It didn’t really matter who your parents were, or whether you lived in the...

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT...

1 day - 23 June 2017 | Opinion

By Tulinane Obed Emvula Comrade President Hage Gotfried Geingob! I take my hat off for you for being able to withstand the...

Load More