Boosting regional and international export for Namibia’s rural producers

Namibia economic profile

Namibia, with a long coastline on the South Atlantic, borders South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Angola. Namibia is rich in mineral resources, including diamonds and uranium, has close economic linkages to South Africa and is a member of the Common Monetary Area (CMA) with Lesotho, Eswatini and South Africa.

Namibia is largely enjoying political stability and sound economic management. However, socio-economic inequalities inherited from the past apartheid system remain extremely high and structural constraints continue to limit employment creation. The COVID-19 pandemic is set to have an unprecedented impact on Namibia’s economy and has exacerbated pre-existing structural challenges. (Source: The World Bank)

TFSA sector work in Namibia

TFSA’s main focus in Namibia is on the aquaculture, and cosmetics and natural ingredients sectors. Production in both sectors is largely in rural areas and already have significant export, though the high-end seafood sub-sector has suffered significant setback as a result of COVID related lockdowns in the region. Cosmetics and natural ingredients enjoy a high participation of women across the value chain, and both sectors have a high potential for unlocking of further export opportunities through trade promotion, linkage to international buyers and assistance to improve compliance.

TFSA works closely with the Namibia Network of Cosmetics Industry (NANCI) to reach producers in that sector.

Country representative

Stacey Pinto

Mrs. Pinto is a lawyer by profession with two undergraduate degrees (BaccolaureusJuris and a Bachelor of Laws · LLB), a Master's degree in International Trade Law (LLM), and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in International Trade Law. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors in South Africa NPC. Mrs. Pinto joins the NTF with vast knowledge in International Trade Law more specifically having worked as the Global Trade Programme Adviser at the British High Commissioner in Windhoek advising Governments on necessary reforms to improve trade and investment environments. She is a published bestselling author, having collaborated with bestselling author Sabo Teckle and other African women on a book that got best seller status on Amazon in less than 24 hours. She has a passion for mentoring young people and has also been featured in the Namibian chapter of TEDx. The Board of the Namibia Trade Forum does not doubt that Mrs. Pinto is an asset ta Team NTF and we are excited ta have her as port of the team.

Success Stories

“We need to gain a better understanding on the regulatory side in the green technology and renewables sector. It is critically important that we clarify the local regulatory framework and give investors the confidence and incentive to enter the South African market. The impact of us understanding that marketplace and the competencies of South African businesses means that we can increase our exports significantly.”
Chiboni Evans, CEO South African Electronical Export Council (SAEEC)
“The fact that TFSA is very cognisant of gender is really a hugely exciting part of the programme. There is the prospect of real benefits to women in trade, including rural women. If this programme has an impact on alleviating poverty by bringing more women into the value chains, offering them a better lifestyle, then that is a massive positive effect.”
Duncan Bonnet, Director Market Access and Research, Africa House
This process we undertook with TFSA of looking at what is needed to enter the European market has been a real eye opener for us, it really helped us highlight where our gaps are in terms of compliance with regulations and standards. Now we have something constructive to work towards.” Sally Paulet, Production Manager, HIK Abalone Farm, South Africa
Sally Paulet, Production Manager, HIK Abalone Farm, South Africa
“The aquaculture sector in Mozambique is very small and under-developed. TFSA is working with AMAQUA and other associations and organisations to put in some foundational blocks and build the value chain from there – none of this really exists, we pretty much have to build it all from scratch.”
Zerene Haddad, Social Impact Coordinator, Chicoa Fish Farm