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Namibian Chamber of Commerce calls for import restrictions

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Namibian Chamber of Commerce calls for import restrictions

The Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) is concerned about the ongoing debate and negotiations over the Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs) between the countries belonging to the ACP (Africa, Carribbean, Pacific) and the European Union (EU).

NCCI‘s Chief Executive Officer Tarah Shaanika said on Monday in Windhoek that the chamber is not happy with the  unilateral deadline imposed on ACP countries, including Namibia, to sign the EPAs or lose market access to the EU.

“It is our strong feeling that while the EU preaches its desire to create economic partnerships with its former colonies, the EU still believes that it is a superior partner in this partnership. Its actions and behaviour throughout the process of negotiation have been those of someone making a statement that he or she is a superior and the rest just have to follow,” said Shaanika. […]

The NCCI’s CEO further criticised poor support given by Namibians to Namibian manufactures. He referred to local manufacturers like Ohorongo Cement, whereas Namibia would simultaneously still allow cement imports. He urged Namibians to support and buy local products. “We do not see any intervention from the government. If we are serious about creating industries, we must also be prepared to nurture them and protect them from threats. We need a policy that is going to dictate that only a certain limited amount of imports should be allowed into the country.”

Source: informante.web.na