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In a letter seen by New Era and widely circulated on social media, the National Petroleum Corporation of Namibia (NAMCOR) has given a directive to its unvaccinated employees to provide weekly negative Covid-19 PCR test results. The regional councillor for the Kalahari Constituency in the Omaheke Region, Ignatius Kariseb, believes that development at the border town of Buitepos must be prioritised to transform it into an economic and multi-dimensional investment hub. The National Population and Housing Census, conducted every decade by the Namibia Statistics Agency, will require some 11 500 enumerators for it to be successful. Vijakura Katjatenja (7), who lives with a disability known as congenital malformation, has deformed lower limbs. She doesn’t just dream of walking; she wants to run. For the month of November 2021, Namibia recorded a trade deficit of N$3.3 billion, which is a significant improvement from the revised trade deficit of N$6.9 billion recorded in October 2021. The free movement of goods and people between Namibia and Angola will soon recommence. Short-term insurance, generally speaking, covers possessions, referring to car insurance, home insurance, cellphone insurance, travel insurance, etc. Short-term insurance covers, as well as monthly premiums, are influenced by circumstances such as age and gender. World Bank Acting Country Director, Asmeen Khan, believes electronic government procurement, also known as e-GP, will help Namibia fight the devastating economic impact of Covid-19. A French business delegation from T&T Corporation is on a five-day visit to explore potential industries for investment in Namibia. The delegation is led by Namibia’s ambassador to France, Albertus Aochamub. Although the main enumeration for this year’s Housing and Population Census during the financial year of 2022/2023 was estimated to be N$950 million, the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) said it was able to adopt measures to further reduce the budget to about N$606 million. Government is consulting key stakeholders to prevent vulnerable persons from losing their primary homes as banks foreclosed on houses valued at N$230 million during the first six months of 2021. The Black Business Leadership Network of Namibia (BBLNN) held a peaceful demonstration on Friday, where it alleged the Development Bank of Namibia (DBN) has adopted a mandate of liquidating mostly black businesses. The labour ministry does not, at this juncture, advise employers to introduce mandatory vaccinations at workplaces. Rather, the ministry, as the government’s authority on all labour matters, advises that employers address Covid-19 at the workplace with a policy that is consistent with government’s official position. Namibia’s trade activities increased significantly for the period of January to December 2021 when compared to the same period of 2020. Deputy minister of industrialisation and trade, Verna Sinimbo last week undertook a visit to informal traders in Windhoek’s Samora Machel constituency to investigate how informal traders were reverting to normality after the devastating impact of Covid-19 and its associated lockdowns. A French business delegation from T&T Corporation that visited Namibia in January 2022 to explore potential industries for investment has hailed the country’s business environment as attractive. The delegation was led by Namibia’s ambassador to France, Albertus Aochamub. Blister copper remained Namibia’s largest export commodity during December 2021, accounting for 34.4% of total exports mainly destined to China. After its campaigners scored victory in courts last year, marine phosphate mining is set to commence pending an environmental impact assessment of the licensed area. Minister of agriculture Calle Schlettwein this week officiated the launch of the pilot electronic voucher (e-voucher) system for the Build Back Better urban agriculture programme. Namibia, Kenya, Botswana, Rwanda and Ghana need rules of origin that will allow participation and further development of the automotive industry by new players in the sector.