Public Policy Advocacy
The Chamber speaks on behalf of Business promoting
a competitive and a conducive business environment.Our advocacy forums include :
- Agenda 2020 Series
- Political Briefings
- Online Member Forum
The NCCI has a high-profile policy and lobbying team that represents the interests of members in Namibia. The mandate is to work together with decision-makers to influence policy decisions ensuring the interests of businesses are represented. This includes economic policy, influencing the course of new legislation that has an impact on the business community and giving firms a voice in Parliament, the media and with decision makers. Our advocacy forums include Agenda 2020 Series; Business Owners Networking Forums for Branches and CEOs in Camera Series.
The Chamber's policy advocacy services are rendered through our online member forum, regular surveys and direct member enquiries. If you have any questions, or would like to discuss policy issues, please contact Leonard Kamwi at 061-228809 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Virtual Member Discussion BoardThe discussion board is intended for members to be part of the conversation on issues impacting their business, no matter where they are. Members can suggest a topic and make a submission thereof, others can read and post inputs. This accords every member an opportunity to shape the Chamber’s advocacy agenda and strategy....
Agenda 2020 SeriesThis is a semi-annual High Level Dialogue with the Head of State and the Cabinet Ministers. The NCCI is steaming forth with its vision for the Namibian Economy being the most competitive by 2020. This vision serves to direct and focus the work of the Chamber from its launch in 2016 onwards. The Chamber will host two dialogue forums for Business and Political Leaders on how Namibia can become a Smart, Open, Connected and Attractive Economy. This event is only open to the Corporate and National Corporate members and is complimentary to attend. Attendees will be Director-level, providing an excellent opportunity to connect and network with key decision makers. Following the keynote address, a panel convenes to answer questions from the audience and to encourage debate. Topics to be covered will include Energy; Innovation; Education; Talent and Public Sector Reform.
Political BriefingsThe Chamber also organizes regular consultative meetings with political leaders in order to keep decision makers abreast of issues affecting the business community. These events are open to all members, providing an excellent opportunity to connect and network with key decision makers. Following the keynote address, a panel convenes to answer questions from the audience and to encourage debate. Topics to be covered will include Trade facilitation, Laws & Regulations, MSME Support.
Our Advocacy PhilosophyWe exist to Make a real difference—to deliver real results. Public Policy Advocacy is geared to create an ideal world, an atmosphere in which anyone can do business, gain business or share business. The goal is to create a hospitable business climate for all and it is not designed to:
- Obtain preferential treatment for one company, business sector, or individual.
- Solve problems concerning members’ day-to-day business activities. (If, however, daily obstacles are indicative of a larger problem plaguing the business community at large, then public policy advocacy is warranted.
- Provide members with daily problem-solving services related to conducting routine business transactions or settling disputes between members and the government. To resolve such matters, members should obtain the services of lawyers, collection agencies, consultants, and so forth.
The work of the Chamber is to focus on matters of common good among our membership and the people of Namibia. By implications therefore, we need to maintain a neutral position in matters of competition between members and instead, always focus on the regulations and rules of competition, not on single interests. In order to build trust in what we do, we need to protect the confidentiality of information shared where appropriate. We play by the rules of law and believe in non-discrimination of any kind of business (fair competition).
Networking & Match Making
- Morning Sparks
- Business After Hours
- CEOs in Camera
- Match Making
What if you could have a group of similar minded people devoted to looking for and sharing viable business leads with you? Networking events are structured, allowing you to build many new business relationships. To learn more about the Chamber’s Networking events or to begin pursuing your own participation in one, contact Johanna Shiweda-Indongo, Membership & Events Manager, at telephone number 061-228809 or email@example.com. You may schedule a one-time visit to the network of your choice to give it a try!
1. Morning SparksThe objective of our morning sparks is to provide B2B networking opportunities for Business Owners or to provide Business Owners with new business opportunities. Occasionally, the event can also be used to update business owners on issues relevant to their businesses. We start at 7:30 and usually open with Networking Tea & Coffee for about 30 minutes, then attendees take seats for about an hour after which the event concludes. There is usually an opportunity to stay on and network after.
2. Business After Hours (BAH)Similar to the MBL in intent, our Wine BAH sessions is meant to provide B2B Networking opportunities for Business Owners or to provide Business Owners with new business opportunities. Occasionally, the event can also be used to update business owners on issues relevant to their businesses. We start at 16:30 and usually open with wine and cocktail for about 30 minutes, then attendees take seats for another half hour after which networking continues until about 19:00.
3. “CEOs’ in Camera” (Networking Event)This is a quarterly forum for CEOs from the Chamber's National Corporate membership. Up to 25 CEOs attend each dinner to hear from a leading political or business speaker in a confidential, ‘in-camera’ forum. The emphasis is on sharing business insights and expertise and engaging with the leaders of major corporations through high level networking.
Enterprise Development Services
- Digital Library
- Namibia Business Journal
- InBusiness Seminars
- Next Generation Leaders Forums
- Coaching and mentorship Program
InBusiness SeminarsFocusing on key areas of interest, such as digital media, effective networking and sales techniques – the InBusiness Series offers interactive seminars and workshops with leading experts, providing Chamber Members with the necessary knowledge, skills and confidence to go out and win more business! The objective is to help businesses improve their performance in key areas and kick their business up to the next level. The idea is to share knowledge, conduct open discussions, and hold question and answer sessions. Each workshop is a half day long (8:30-11:30 am) with clearly defined goals for maximum impact.
Next Generation Leaders’ SeriesThe Chamber is introducing a new series of breakfast or afternoon events to engage an audience of entrepreneurs and experienced managers who are looking to progress to the next stage in leadership. Being an entrepreneur, is often a balancing act. It’s as much about channeling all your energy into a bold idea as it is about knowing when and how to pivot where necessary. Some corporations are notable for attracting and retaining the best and brightest innovators and future leaders. What makes these companies so successful and attractive? How can you raise your profile within these organisations, and take advantage of the networks they offer to build your leadership potential? These breakfast events will give Next Generation of Leaders the new skills needed to make that transition. This Networking Event is of unparalleled value to the innovation and start-up community, and to the NEXT generation business leadership. Each event has a keynote speaker who will give insights into their career and their leadership style.
Online Discussion Forum
NCCI also offers virtual forums
for members to be part of the conversation on issues impacting their business,
no matter where they are. Through our online forums for members, you can to
read and post messages of common interest, shape the advocacy agenda and
Trade and Investment Promotion
- Outgoing and incoming business missions.
- Certificates of Origin
The Chamber provides trade and investment facilitation related advisory services to the members and non-member institutions. The service is rendered through consultancy to individual businessman and covers among others:
- Business support through providing accurate or up to date information regarding regulatory issues of export – import procedure, investment requirements, licensing requirements and more
- Business matchmaking like B2B or B2G Meetings
- Support in trade missions & exhibition
- Industry representations in international trade negotiations or facilitation meetings
Bridging the Talent Gap
We facilitate young people’s transition from school
to the workplace as well as expatriate talent.
Many employers are frustrated by the lack of skills and experience they are looking for while many young people do not have meaningful interactions with the world of work. We thus facilitate young people’s transition from school to the workplace. Key areas that we focus on include internship coordination, improving ‘soft skills’ such as communication, team working and resilience, as well as better careers advice and student’s engagement with business while in schools.
The Talent Gap is an increasingly important issue for business organizations to tackle. As the demographics and skills of the workforce shift, organizations that want to thrive will want to implement a multi-faceted talent management strategy to build a competitive workforce. By proactively trying to nurture and influence existing employees as well as future employees, organizations will put themselves at an advantage to prosper, even in difficult times. The Chamber’s efforts is to augment these endeavors by:
- Facilitating expatriate talent (visa and work permit facilitation service)
- Encouraging and facilitating transition from Schools to workplace (encourage participation in various internship programs)
- Influencing the talent pipeline. One of the most effective ways to tap young talent is to reach to them while still in high school. We encourage and facilitate our companies’ thought leaders to be a guest speakers at local schools or host or sponsor career fairs.
Negotiated Services for MSMEs
The Chambers has negotiated exclusive
services with leading organisations to bring you support services and help save
members money. These include pension fund, medical aid and performance
guarantee for tendering members.
Group Medical Aid – NHP or NMC NCCI Group SchemeWe are excited to announce our partnership with NHP, NMC and the Khomas Medical Centre, offering a discounted member-only health plans for the NCCI members. The rising cost of healthcare has been a concern for everyone, and the Chamber is happy to offer a negotiated discount program to help small employers provide healthcare at reasonable rates. Contact Maiya-Liisa Nghikembua at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 061-228809.
Pension Fund – Benchmark Group SchemeThe Chamber negotiated with Benchmark Retirement Funds to provide a needed service to the business community, especially the MSME sector who are too small to establish pension or retirement funds for their employees. The Plan is a defined contribution pension plan and is available to all Chamber members. For more information Contact Maiya-Liisa Nghikembua at email@example.com or telephone 061-228809.
Performance Guarantees with Arch Risk ServicesThe Chamber has a Memorandum of Agreement with Arch Risk Services (ARS) for the company to provide collateral free insurance to NCCI members with Government tenders, particularly to SMEs. ARS is to provide assistance to financing, training, construction related guarantees and insurance for NCCI Emerging Contractor members who are tendering and or have been awarded tenders by Government, State Owned Entities, regional councils and municipalities. Apart from providing insurance, ARS can partner with NCCI Emerging Contractors throughout the process of delivering the tendered services. Contact Johanna Shiweda-Indongo at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 061-228809 for more information.
Opt to list in our online member directory, and you’re reaching a huge - but targeted - audience, with the promise of a superior Return on Investment. Contact Johanna Shiweda-Indongo at email@example.com or telephone 061-228809 for more information.