Sectors within fishing, manufacturing and tourism can benefit from improved connectivity and the advancements that ICT has to offer, especially in thriving communities such as Walvis Bay, according to VEYA Information Communication Technology, MD, Winnith Schrywer.
Schrywer made these remarks at the launch of VEYA ICT's Erongo regional office branch in Walvis Bay last week, signalling their expansion into the Erongo Region.
The event officially announced the company's presence in the region and highlighted the benefits that they would be bringing to the town of Walvis Bay.
The company's increased regional footprint will empower local communities by recruiting even in the face of challenging economic times, thus contributing not only to employment but also skills of the local economy.
"This increases the skills of local people and encourages skilled workers to stay in the area instead of looking further afield for work experience and employment options. The ability to recruit locally will sit alongside the ability for additional VEYA services to be offered to local clients," Schrywer added.
VEYA ICT services would include, but not limited to, infrastructure and ATM support, along with business systems and integration. Beyond this, the new Walvis Bay branch allows VEYA to fulfil its commitment to existing clients more efficiently, as turnaround times and costs are reduced by the additional capacity offered by this branch.
Officiating at the event, the Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Hon. Tjekero Tweya stated that the use of ICT could further improve the prosperity of both the port itself and the Export Processing Zone.
"Not only will you have companies increasing their capacity and service delivery, improved technological infrastructure will also encourage more foreign companies to invest in the Export Processing Zone," Tweya added.
The Minister also said that although infrastructure was key in advancing ICT in Namibia, for businesses to develop and thrive, skills should be placed at the top of the agenda, as well-equipped technological infrastructure required skilled Namibian citizens to utilize it effectively.
His Worship, the Mayor of Walvis Bay, Immanuel Wilfred added that ICT would be a vital service to support the existing industries that were already thriving in Walvis Bay, such as engineering, port, fishing, salt production, aquaculture, logistics and all the other manufacturing companies.
VEYA'S goal is to champion ICT service excellence in Namibia whilst placing an emphasis on enhancing communities and skills across the country. The industries that VEYA is active in are testament to this vision of service excellence. They include telecoms, financial, retail, manufacturing, service industries, and mining, plus the public sector. VEYA has also developed and strengthened relationships with strategic partners such as SAP, Barn-Owl, and DieboldNidorf and IBM to name a few.
VEYA is an ICT company locally owned with the aim of benefiting all Namibians. The expansion into Walvis Bay is a pivotal step for both VEYA and the town of Walvis Bay. It is hoped on both sides that the investment into the local economy will prove to be another boost to the port's importance in the region and will help to develop the technology that will propel the area forward and achieve further global recognition.
Caption: Left to right: His Worship, the Mayor of Walvis Bay Immanuel Wildred; ICT Minister, Hon. Tjekero Tweya; Veya ICT MD Winnith Schrywer; Thomas Jonas, Veya ICT Executive Director.