Creation of the “Namibian French Business Association”
The French Business Club (FBC) met for the ninth time on April 27th 2017. Chaired by the Ambassador of France, H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, it gathered over twenty representatives of Namibian-based French companies, who decided to formalize their approach by transforming the FBC into an association.
Emphasizing the presence of new participants, H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni welcomed the fact that this biannual gathering had emerged, over the past three years, as a privileged space for exchanges on the Namibian economic environment and on good practices for companies wishing to develop their activities in the country.
Ally Angula, a young Namibian entrepreneur, founder of Leap Holdings, introduced her start-up in the fields of agriculture, retail and sales. Her main objective is to create jobs in key sectors for the sustainable development of Namibia.
- H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni surrounded by Celeste Carstens (Pernod Ricard Namibia) and Ally Angula (Leap Holdings).
William Roos, Director of the Regional Economic Service (SER) of the French Embassy in Pretoria, presented his analysis of the economic and financial situation of Southern African countries as well as the comparative strengths of Namibia.
- William Roos, Director of the Regional Economic Service (SER) of the French Embassy in Pretoria, presents his analysis of Southern African economics.
Participants also discussed about the positive impact of their activity on local communities, workforce training and their contribution to the sustainable growth of the country, especially through the development of renewable energy, wanted by the government.
This 9th FBC was the occasion to formalize the creation of the “Namibian-French Business Association” (NFBA), a non-profit voluntary association whose aim is to facilitate and strengthen relations between French and Namibian business communities. The French Ambassador to Namibia was appointed President and Usuta Imbili, Managing Director of the Franco-Namibian SME InnoSun, Vice-President; Christian Zolger, Managing Director of NamsCo, and Chris Stöck, former Director of AQUA Engineering (Veolia), will respectively be Secretary and Treasurer.
- Usuta Imbili, managing director of InnoSun and new vice-president of the NFBA, thanks the participants and the Ambassador for their committment to making the FBC thrive.
The working lunch at the residence of France, in the presence of the minister of Public Enterprises, Hon. Leon Jooste, was the opportunity to discuss the transformation of public enterprise governance and their increased role in Namibian economic development.