Policy Advocacy

NCCI Launches Advocacy Agenda 2020

The NCCI 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.

It 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.