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Foreword By H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba

Windhoek, August 2006 - eBiz Guides Namibia. Foreword By H.E. President Hifikepunye Pohamba. Republic of Namibia

Dear Readers

The availability of clear and up-to-date information on investment destinations has become imperative in the rapidly chancing environment of global trade and commerce. For a developing country like Namibia, the dissemination of information about the various investments opportunities that the country has to offer must be viewed as one of the most effective ways of marketing the Land of the Brave to the outside world.

Namibia has enjoyed a stable social, political and economic environment for the past sixteen years. The democratic system of governance that was ushered in with the attainment of our freedom and independence in 1990 has enabled us to consolidate our democratic framework of governance and strengthen our institutional capabilities.

Today, Namibia is a country on a steady path towards greater economic prosperity through economic growth, industrialisation and value addition to our natural resources. This is borne out of notable investments that we have witnessed in many sectors of our economy including mining, manufacturing, rail infrastructure, the communication sector and tourism.

Our aim is to promote greater value addition and diversification of our economy and thereby expand the capacity of the economy to generate new employment opportunities.

Namibia is open for business. The country offers modern physical and communications infrastructures, a vibrant financial services sector and a stable atmosphere for investments. Our roads, railway networks, airports and harbours rank among the best on the continent and compare well to those in other parts of the world. Fixed-line and cellular telephony are widely available and offer reliable service to citizens, investors and tourist alike.

In the land of contrast, investors can enjoy the best of both worlds. They can conduct business and take time to enjoy the beautiful scenery of wide-open spaces that Namibia is renowned for. The ecological diversity of the savannah grasslands, the magnificent wildlife of Etosha National Park, the oldest desert in the world, and the second largest canyon in the world, are sure to leave a lasting impression on any traveller to Namibia, whether for business or pleasure.

I would like to commend the initiators of eBiz Guides for including Namibia in this exciting venture. I have no doubt that readers will find the publication insightful and indeed a practical guide to discover many facets of Namibia.

We are waiting to receive you as investors, business travellers and tourist with open arms. Welcome to the Land of the Brave.

Hifikepunye Pohamba
President of the Republic of Namibia

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