NCCI Launches Advocacy Agenda 2020
National Corporates Forum held a joint meeting with the NCCI Board of Directors
to 16-20 April 2015 at Midgard Lodge. The aim of the meeting was to consider
and develop issues for the Competitiveness Agenda 2020.
The overall goal of Competitiveness
Agenda 2020 is for Namibia to become the most competitive economy in Africa by
2020, with the underlying hope that local industries will expand their
positions in the global value chains and that more local homegrown companies
grow to compete internationally. However, as competitiveness is determined by
the productivity (value per unit
of input) with which a nation uses its land, human, capital and other
resources, improving productivity is key. Productivity sets the standard of
living (wages, returns on capital, returns on land) that a nation can sustain.
Productivity depends on prices that a nation’s products and services command
(e.g. uniqueness, quality) and on the costs (driven by efficiency). Thus the agenda recognises that improving
competitiveness entails all facets of economic life: research and development
(innovation), production, marketing, logistics, distribution, sales, customer
service and support.
was thus agreed that, agenda 2020 should be built around three competitiveness
factors, namely Increasing Access to Productive Resources & Infrastructure
(Land, Energy, Water and Logistics Infrastructure); Enhancing Skill or Talent
Supply & Innovation; Reducing Administrative Complexities & Improving
Market Structures. As a way forward, it was agreed working committees be
established, which should craft the interventions in details. To start the
campaign to communicate the agenda and co-opt stakeholders; Establish the Dialogue
Platform with Government (structures, and modalities); Agree on timelines for
removing impediments (policy and regulatory reforms); and agree on Monitoring
and Evaluation Framework.