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Author: Edgar Brandt

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    China overtakes South Africa as Namibia’s biggest export market

    China overtakes South Africa as Namibia’s biggest export market

    2018-08-09  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - South Africa has been overtaken by the world’s second largest economy, China, as Namibia’s single biggest export market. This is according to the Namiåbia Statistics Agency (NSA) trade statistics for the first quarter of 2018 which indicated that Namibian exports to China grew by an astounding 779 percent compared to the previous quarter, while exports to neighbouring South Africa only
    One-on-one with economic analyst, Claudia Boamah

    One-on-one with economic analyst, Claudia Boamah

    2018-08-09  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - In the small fraternity of economic analysts, Claudia Boamah is making waves in this traditionally male-dominated profession, with her economic forecasts and proposals on economic policy attracting attention from the highest echelons. During a recent investment summit in the capital, Boamah suggested that if Namibians are indeed forward thinkers, then we need to know what the potential
    Reform needed for a sustainable electricity distribution sector - Alweendo

    Reform needed for a sustainable electricity distribution sector - Alweendo

    2018-08-10  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK– Despite Namibia being in the process of becoming more self-sufficient in terms of electricity production, the country is still overly reliant on sourcing power from neighbouring countries as it still imports approximately 60 percent of its electricity requirements. Due to this factor, the country has to identify new means to generate more electricity locally and to make it more accessibl
    SADC bemoans lack of financing for crucial infrastructure

    SADC bemoans lack of financing for crucial infrastructure

    2018-08-13  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - An overarching theme at yesterday’s Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat briefing on infrastructure and services, which included an overview of regional renewable energy ventures, was the stagnation of crucial projects in the region, most of which require additional and alternative sources of funding.
    Missing links persist in SADC’s energy infrastructure

    Missing links persist in SADC’s energy infrastructure

    2018-08-14  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - Member States of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) actually produce more electricity than they require at peak demand but because not all member states are connected to the regional electricity grid, this excess energy cannot be shared with member states that do not generate sufficient amounts of energy for their respective populations. When considering SADC’s current pe
    Increased truck volumes a menace to road maintenance

    Increased truck volumes a menace to road maintenance

    2018-08-15  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - Given the massive volumes of trucks and their heavy cargoes that utilise the Walvis Bay Corridor between the port of Walvis Bay and Zambia, the Walvis Bay Corridor Group (WBCG) has reiterated the great importance of the costly maintenance of Namibia’s roads.
    Namibia ranked 4th in SADC in terms of financial inclusion

    Namibia ranked 4th in SADC in terms of financial inclusion

    2018-08-15  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - The latest results from the Namibia Financial Inclusion Survey (NFIS) indicate that the country’s banking population increased to 67.9 percent in 2017, up from 45 percent in 2011. In addition, the majority of the eligible banking population, 64.7 percent, said they consider Automated Teller Machines the most comfortable banking channel followed by bank branches at just over 58 percent.
    Latest Fitch rating a confirmation for continued consolidation - analysts

    Latest Fitch rating a confirmation for continued consolidation - analysts

    2018-08-16  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - The latest assessment of the Namibian economy by international ratings agency, Fitch Ratings, on Monday affirmed a sub-investment grade rating of BB+ with a stable outlook. Local economists believe that this assessment is a confirmation for continued fiscal consolidation efforts, which have thus far been slow as government struggles to balance consolidation with adequate economic growth
    Balanced policies needed to improve Namibia’s rating

    Balanced policies needed to improve Namibia’s rating

    2018-08-17  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - Namibia needs smart policies that balance the need to address the major social challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment, coupled with having to remain attractive to domestic and foreign investors, analysts and economists said this week. Such policies require a continuation of the close cooperation between the public and private sectors, which if implemented effectively will ev
    SADC’s youth hold the potential as an engine for growth

    SADC’s youth hold the potential as an engine for growth

    2018-08-20  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK – Southern Africa’s youth hold the potential as an engine for growth for the region and are key to achieving the region’s overall objectives, with prospects to bring innovative ideas and solutions.
    NaCC investigation finds short-term insurers fix prices

    NaCC investigation finds short-term insurers fix prices

    2018-08-21  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK – A preliminary investigation by the Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC), in terms of section 36 of the Competition Commission Act, has found that various short-term insurance companies have engaged in collusive conduct, specifically price fixing by setting maximum mark-up rates that panel beaters should charge for repairs to insured vehicles. Mark-up rates refer to the margins that pa
    A single African currency: What it would mean for global currencies?

    A single African currency: What it would mean for global currencies?

    2018-08-21  Edgar Brandt
    WINDHOEK - There has been speculations in recent years as to the real reason behind the removal of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi with one of the most popular theories being that he was in the process of establishing a single gold-backed currency for Africa called the Gold Dinar.