22 Oct 2004
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By Staff Reporter
BUSINESS tycoon Harold Pupkewitz says Namibia is a country that is tremendously underdeveloped and there is a great need to work harder if the country is to be com-petitive on the global market.
Pupkewitz made this re-mark at a seminar on Nami-bia's ranking by the World Economic Forum (WEF), which seminar was held two days ago.
He said poverty, illiteracy, skills deficiency coupled with the high rate of unem-ploy-ment and most of all wasteful expenditure are stunting economic development in Namibia.
Pupkewitz said the percep-tion being created to those living beyond the country's borders does not reflect well on the nation.
Perceptions rather than realities, he noted, normally leave a lasting impression.
ducation is known to be one of the essential elements in development of any coun-try and based on that, the Namibian Government has put up policies that promote education for all Namibians, he noted. But despite that, Pupkewitz is of the view that the education system is in a crisis and that has largely led to other social problems that have equally served more as stumbling blocks to develop-ment.
This crisis has further resulted in Namibia having incompetent people who can never understand the rough environment of the labour market.
Equally, the private sector and people at large would like to see Namibia being put on the map of developed nations but the cost of living has increased remarkably.
Developed countries have high productivity, he said, thus there is an urgent need to get off the gravel road and start climbing the ladder that would further lead to reaching Vision 2030.
He said there is need for a balance of focus and a SWOT analysis should be applied. "We talk and nothing hap-pens," and business cannot materialise in such an envi-ron-ment, he lamented.
Locals should work to-wards making Namibia the Switzerland of Africa.
Other contributors to the discussion at the seminar indicated that leadership capacity is lacking in Namibia.
The general feeling was that even though the public sector creates models to look at, there is a need to create ambassadors with skills who can contribute towards the development of the country.
People in Namibia make money but they lack the culture of saving thus people live in a self-gratifying society.