The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry has confirmed the re-election of businessman and executive chairman of Olthaver and List Group of companies Sven Thieme as its president for another two-year term.
At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Windhoek on Friday the NCCI also re-elected the chief executive officer of Bidvest Namibia, Sebby Kankondi, as its first vice president, while businesswoman Saara Naanda retained her position as the second vice president.
The NCCI also elected businessman Robby Amadhila, MVA Fund CEO Rosalia Hausiku-Martins, Namport CEO Bisey Uirab, Lucia Hiveluah, Esther Akwaake, Theo Mberirua and Outapi-based businessman Onesmus Tobias Amadhila as members of the Board of Directors until June 2018.
Other members of the Board by virtue of their positions as past presidents are Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Johannes Akapandi Endjala and Inge Zaamwani-Kamwi. The AGM also confirmed Dr Leake Hangala and Navin Morar as honorary members of the Board, as per the NCCI Constitution.
In his acceptance speech shortly after the election of the business chamber leaders, Thieme thanked the membership of the NCCI for the confidence and trust they showed in him and his colleagues on the Board by giving them a fresh mandate to serve another term of office.
He pledged his personal commitment and that of his colleagues to lead the chamber and continue to position it as the premier voice of the Namibian business sector. He also undertook to prioritise the implementation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan, including the attainment of the NCCI’s Competitiveness Agenda 2020.
He said fighting poverty and unemployment demands higher levels of competitiveness in the Namibian economy and the NCCI remains committed to doing its part to drive the agenda of making Namibia the best country to do business in on the African continent by the year 2020.
The NCCI Board is scheduled to hold a strategic review and planning session outside Windhoek in September to improve on the implementation strategy of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and Competitiveness Agenda 2020.