The leadership of United Entrepreneurs Association of Namibia (UEAN) has hit the ground running by in the last five weeks meeting with various top government and economy stakeholders to discuss various concerns of business people.

First was a meeting on 17 September 2021 with President Hage Geingob at State House where Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, Finance Minister Ipumbu Shiimi and Trade Minister Lucia Iipumbu were present.

The UEAN delegation under the leadership of Mr Agapitus Hausiku met with the President to discuss issues and challenges facing business as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic; the regulatory policies and framework of the banking sector; and statutory regulatory frameworks such as the procurement bill, inland revenue, social security, customs and others which hamper business operations.

As a consequent of the meeting President Geingob instructed the Prime Minister and other line ministers to render the necessary support to the UEAN and see how the submitted proposals can be looked at for speedy implementation.

After the meeting at State House, UEAN met with Prime Minister Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, followed by a meeting with the Chief Executive Officer of Development Bank of Namibia Mr Martin Inkumbi.

The next in line was a meeting with Bankers Association of Namibia CEO Brian Katjaerua.

Last Wednesday UEAN met Industrialisation and Trade Minister Lucia Iipumbu at a meeting that was also attended by Deputy Minister of Finance Maureen Hinda-Mbuende which was a follow up to the meetings held with the President and the Prime Minister that resolved to have follow-up meetings with different stakeholders and address specific issues of concern to entrepreneurs.

Also in attendance were senior officials from both the ministries of trade and of finance and DBN representatives.

“Many more follow-up meetings are planned before end of the year, and activities to review identified existing policies that are an impediment to doing business under the current prevailing economic conditions,” said Hausiku, the UEAN’s acting national chairperson.

In the photo: UEAN’s meeting with Trade Minister Lucia Iipumbu and Finance Deputy Minister Maureen Hinda-Mbuende.