Young entrepreneurs eye Karas for business opportunities

KEETMANSHOOPNAMPA

As the Karas Region's economy continues to expand, an increasing number of young businesspeople are seeking trade opportunities in the region.
A delegation of eight young entrepreneurs from Windhoek on Tuesday paid a courtesy call on Karas Governor Bernardus Swartbooi, seeking information on available and potential business opportunities.
The delegation consisted of management staff from entities such as Leading Edge Management Consultants, Eputuko Construction Management, Ongundi Investment, Green Cycle and Bridgehead.
They gave presentations on the types of services they offer and areas of interest for investment in the region.
Business ideas suggested included a waste-management factory, mentorship and training of small and medium enterprises (SMEs), consultancy services in engineering, facilities management and quantity surveying.
“This is the region with the most natural resources, so you guys are welcome to explore the available opportunities, and to help grow the economy,” was Swartbooi's response.
“Also, let us join hands to fight the evil of consulting engineers, as they destroy SMEs by charging them very large amounts of money,” he argued.
The governor assured them that there was indeed a variety of business opportunities in the region, including the Neckartal Dam project which is expected to start this year, as well as opportunities in agriculture and mining.
Swartbooi further stated that for the private sector to gain global investment and marketing means, they may need financial support from the government.
“My view is that government must invest in able private businesses so that they can sell their products globally, and that will transform our economy as a country,” he said.
He further encouraged young businesspeople to make sure their businesses continue to grow.
It was agreed at the meeting that the entrepreneurs should compile business proposals and submit them to the governor's office for consideration.

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