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NEW ERA GIPF to enhance members outreach programme Page 10 Regional energy experts review meeting commences Page 11 INSIDE USINESS This news is your business Mining industry should support value addition - Alweendo For export… A heap of lithium concentrate at the port of Walvis Bay waiting to be shipped to China. The product is exported by Desert Lion Energy. Photo: Nampa Desert Lion Energy promises to add value to Nam lithium Walvis Bay Desert lion Energy, an international company that owns a lithium mine outside Karibib, plans to establish a lithium processing plant in Walvis Bay. This was revealed by the Johnston, at Walvis Bay on Tuesday. Johnston was at the port to witness the of lithium to China. lithium is used in the production of batteries. “Our aim is to add value to the products in the country, create more employment and grow the economy of Namibia. We cannot succeed as a company without the support of all the stakeholders,” he said. He said the lithium shipment is the biggest ever to be exported from africa. Two more shipments are expected before the end of this year. Responding to questions by Nampa on employment creation at the mine, “This is because we also encouraged our sub-contractors to employ local people.” company. developing the mine, which included the upgrading of the road to the mine. Johnston noted that the pit they are currently working on has approximately “We are planning to increase the at the same event, Erongo Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua welcomed the idea of a processing plant, saying it is much needed. “as a government we want to remind all investors to focus not only on primary production, but also on secondary production,” he said. Mutjavikua noted that even though social responsibility is important for investors, they also need to develop local capacity. “skills development for our young people in this country is what we need to see. Our products should not only be processed outside the country, we should learn to process it ourselves. if the Chinese can do it, our young people can also do it,” he said. The loading of the shipment started on Tuesday and is expected to continue for leaves the port. – Nampa Edgar Brandt Windhoek at yesterday’s official Mining Expo and Conference at the Windhoek showgrounds, Minister of Mines and Energy Tom alweendo noted that the government remains concerned about the export of Namibia’s natural resources without any value addition. The theme for this year’s Mining Expo and Conference, organised by the Namibia Chamber of Mines, is ‘Maximising the Multiplier Effect from Namibia’s Mining sector”. in a speech read on his behalf by the permanent secretary in the mines ministry, simeon Negumbo, alweendo stated that he is fully aware of the mining industry’s position on the matter that ‘miners are not manufacturers and manufacturers are not miners’. “While this is true, i would like to believe that the mining industry still has a big role to play to ensure true manufactures of intermediary and semifinished products succeed. Mining should support such industries by making minerals from the mine gate available to such manufacturing plants, and of course on commercial terms,” Expo and Conference launch Tom Alweendo since being appointed as mines minister. Government on the other hand, he noted, will ensure that the investment climate is conducive to attract investors to come and further add value to the country’s minerals beyond the mine gate. “i am also aware that the Chamber of Mines has made some valuable proposals to advance value addition. The proposal to establish a Joint value addition Committee, which was later enshrined in the NDP4, was a great idea from the chamber. i understand two independent study reports have been produced with recommendations on all minerals produced in Namibia and others under exploration stage,” said alweedo. During the launch, which was attended by amongst others, CEO of the Chamber of Mines, veston Malango, president of the Chamber of Mines, president of the chamber, Hilifa Mbako, alweendo pledged that his ministry is committed to concluding the much-awaited “Due to government’s tight been able to conduct the necessary south africa and a copper wire fabrication plant in Zambia. it is envisaged that experiences from these missions will greatly shape new policy proposals on how Namibia could attract similar investors. i look forward to working with the industry to conclude this priority matter, hopefully in the course of this He continued that he has taken note of the opportunities that lie in the upstream industries and the potential to create jobs with sMEs and other suppliers of goods and services, adding that he was glad to learn that mining “This is commendable, unemployment levels in the country. The fight against poverty is about job creation and every job counts. i am looking forward to fruitful engagements with the chamber on further avenues of job creation in line with the expo theme,” said year,” he said. revenue on local suppliers. e s p e c i a l l y w i t h h i g h alweendo. Book NOW! 2018 Ocean Economy Supplement Focusing on Namibia’s Ocean Economy potential The Resources of our Sea & how they can support our economy Contact Stephina Luoke Sales & Marketing Executive: Tel: +264 61 208 0823 Email: Guaranteeing returns, as we reach your target markets. #TalkToUs Contact us: Tel: +264 61 208 0800 | Website:

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