Namibians need to embrace a spirit and attitude of doing more with less and not challenges as obstacles, but rather as opportunities for new and innovative ideas that will safeguard the development of the nation in difficult economic times.
President Hage Geingob officially inaugurated the Phase 4 Development of the Wernhil Park Shopping Centre in Windhoek and said it is pleasing to see that Namibians are investing in their own country.
“Infrastructural development plays a significant role in the development of our economy. Shopping centres and malls provide a linkage between producers, distribution centres and the end consumers, thereby bringing together various sectors of the economy under one roof.”
Dr. Geingob said it is refreshing to realize that the private sector and the nation is willing to government halfway, hold hands and pull in one direction in order to guarantee a brighter future for the country.
Dr. Geingob’s full speech reads as follows:
I am delighted to be here today to partake in this significant event. This occasion, has been made possible by an organization that has over the past 100 years, played a significant role and contributed immensely to the business sector in Namibia.
I am pleased with the commitment of the Namibian business community, entrepreneurs and individuals who, since independence, have endeavoured to make Namibia’s Vision 2030 and our aspirations of becoming a prosperous nation, a reality.
When I look at the effort made by some of our local leading players in the private sector, it is delightful to see that there are citizens out there who realize that government alone, cannot achieve the objectives of Vision 2030, the National Development Plan, or the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), but that the private sector and the nation at large should meet government halfway, hold hands and pull in one direction in order to guarantee a brighter future for our country.
Infrastructural development plays a significant role in the development of our economy. Shopping centres and malls provide a linkage between producers, distribution centres and the end consumers, thereby bringing together various sectors of the economy, under one roof.
While Namibia is open to foreign investors, in support of economic development and uplifting the livelihoods of our people, it is critical that we realise the importance for us as Namibians to invest in our own economy first, before we can expect, and encourage others to follow suit. We have to lead in investing locally, in order to unlock global investment.
It is therefore pleasing to see Namibians investing in their country.
Government is cognizant of the fact that recent economic headwinds have played a role in negatively affecting the cost of living for all Namibians, most notably our workers. Business in general has also sharply been affected, with many businesses fighting hard to survive.
Another challenge that had detrimental effects on the local economy is that of water sustainability, given the current severe drought facing the country. The City of Windhoek has an immense challenge of controlling water usage and this has great impact on the business community.
While we face all these developmental challenges, we need to embrace a spirit and attitude of doing more with less. Let us not see these challenges as obstacles, but rather as opportunities for new and innovative ideas that will safeguard the development of this nation.
The development of Wernhil Park proves to us that even in challenging situations, where there is a will; there is a way. We are all affected by these trying economic times, but instead of focusing on problems, let us look for solutions. Let us make the best of the existing opportunities and forge ahead, galvanized by our patriotism and determination to continue advancing our country on a positive growth trajectory.
Developments such as the one we are celebrating today, needed the commitment from relevant stakeholders, inclusive of government support, local authorities, the construction sector, and the Namibian public at large. And I don’t believe we would have stood here today and witnessed this beautiful result, had the necessary commitment not been in place and executed.
Well done to everyone involved for having pulled together in true Harambee spirit. Allow me to commend the O&L Group for its continuous efforts and commitment to the growth of Namibia.
Being a player in so many sectors in the country, which includes property development, the fishing industry, retail business and hospitality sector, among others, the O&L Group continues to significantly contribute to the growth of the Namibian economy.
This significant investment has contributed tremendously to economic advancement through the creation of temporary and permanent jobs.
In conclusion I would like to once again congratulate the O&L Group and its subsidiary, Broll Namibia for bringing this exciting venture to fruition. We are truly proud and excited about this new addition to Windhoek’s very first and oldest shopping centre – an establishment that forms such a significant part of the history of the Capital City.
Continue to advance the outstanding rapport and working relationship that you share with government, local authorities and other players in the field.
I wish you all the best on your journey of growth and expansion, investing in our economy and actively living the O&L Group purpose of “Creating a future, and enhancing life” for all Namibians. Congratulations on 100 years of excellence!
Author Napoleon Hill once wrote, “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” Over the years, we have witnessed Wernhil Park grow from strength to strength. It has been a continuous effort but an effort which was worth the struggle.
Today, the City of Windhoek can proudly boast a structure which symbolizes progress, which symbolizes growth and which symbolizes a country on the march, towards a future of opportunity, development and prosperity.
With these words, it is my honour to officially declare the doors open for business to this new exciting section and addition to Windhoek’s CBD, Phase 4 of Wernhil Park.