DESPITE the slow economic growth during the 2018/19 financial year, a significant number of jobs were created in the region through various economic activities.
A total of 1 322 permanent and 1 488 temporary jobs were created through construction and renovation, among others, Oshana Region Governor Elia Irimari said during his state of the region address here on Tuesday.
While more than 1 800 permanent jobs were created in the Oshana Region during the 2017/18 financial year.
In the financial year 2016/17, a total of 2 618 permanent and 2 155 temporary jobs were created through construction and renovation, agriculture, aquaculture and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
Irimari noted that the 2018/19 financial year has not been easy for the economy and consequently government, businesses and people in general have been affected in the region.
“Our economy has suffered external shocks which contributed to the prolonged slow economic growth, which continues to hinder growth,” he explained.
Irimari said over 200 small scaled farmers received training from the Ongwediva Agro-Marketing and Trade Agency (AMTA).
“The office of the Regional Governor has through the Development Programme put aside a budget for the implementation of 11 youth income generating projects in the region at a cost of N$ 550 000,” said Irimari.
According to him, the initiative is expected to create a total of 30 permanent job opportunities in the region.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Sports, Youth and National Services has proved training to 63 youth during the youth entrepreneurship seminar which took place last year November.
Irimari, urged Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry to continue supporting the local businesses to develop as business growth is the greast impetus for socio-economic development.
“It is important to support the local business people ton increase their productivity and profitability especially during the current challenging economic times,” said Irimari.