The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibian Towns Stifle Economic Prosperity

CITIES and towns are major engines for economic growth. In Namibia, if you ask most municipalities, if not all, for land to do business the answer that greets you is "no land available or serviced". This is extremely disappointing particularly for a country that has a long-term vision to deliver.

How do you grow the economy, how can you create jobs, or how is it possible to grow government revenue How can it be possible to attain even half of Vision 2030 with this state of affairs There are many youth seated on viable and vibrant business ideas but who cannot implement them due to unavailability and un-affordability of land or business premises.

Now the greedy capitalists are hard at work to capitalise on this policy-vacuum scenario and charge high rental fees which are unaffordable to newcomers in business. Sustainable economic growth and progress can only be realised if and when those in leadership positions provide timely and appropriate enabling environment for businesses to flourish. The youth are ready to fully liberate this country economically and create much needed jobs for our people.

We as youth don't want to be in offices till retirement age, we want to help our country prosper and shine on top of all nations in the world but this cannot happen if the economic soils are not fertilised. The Ministry of trade and the Ministry responsible for local authorities must look into this matter urgently and come up with the most comprehensive and sustainable solution to this artificial problem.

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