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The Bank of Namibia (the Bank) now handles the licensing and regulation of payment service providers instead of sharing the responsibility with the Payments Association of Namibia (PAN). Namibia-Indo relations were recently celebrated at the High Commission of India, bringing together Namibians who had participated in the capacity-building and skills development programmes in India. Samuel Linyondi has been appointed as Bank Windhoek’s Strategic Communications Manager, effective 1 October 2023. The move was announced by the bank’s Executive Officer of Marketing and Corporate Communication Services, Jacquiline Pack. Netball Namibia (NN) says the 2023 MTC Namibia Netball Premier League (NNPL) playoffs are set to take place in Windhoek on 25 November 2023. The Namibian Competition Commission (NaCC) is investigating various fishing vessel owners and operators for alleged fixing of quota usage fees paid to fishing rights holders. The Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) is hosting Daren Tang, Director-General of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO). Communal farmers, Wilson Tjirare, Godfried Zemburuka and Frenfriedt Karipata, emerged victorious at the recently held Agra 2023 Weaner Championship Series. The Oyayone Foundation, with support from Nedbank Namibia, concluded the launch of the ‘2023 Status of Women in Namibia Report’ on 16 November. Capricorn Group, through joint donations from the Capricorn Foundation and Bank Windhoek, donated a total of N$500 000 on Monday, 20 November 2023, to the environment, forestry and tourism ministry towards Namibia’s participation and pavilion at the COP28 conference. The Namibia Tennis Association (NTA) and Hollard Insurance will host two tournaments this December, where top tennis players from the continent will grace the tennis court. The Namibia Volleyball Federation (NVF) has announced the Namibia Defence Force (NDF) A (male) and the Navy (female) volleyball teams will be representing the country at this year’s highly anticipated Zone VI Club Championships. The Board of Commissioners of the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC) has approved proposed mergers, with conditions between Vitol Emerald Bidco (Pty) Ltd & Engen Limited as well as between Rwco Gmbh & Co. Kg and Schwenk Namibia Proprietary Limited. Schwenk is the majority owner of Ohorongo Cement. Namclear is a locally owned and operated financial market infrastructure that facilitates the local clearing of interbank or interoperable transactions between the National Payment System participants. Over 50 darts players will this weekend converge at the coastal town of Swakopmund to battle it out in another exciting darts tournament. The Veterans Cricket Association of Namibia (VCAN) has announced its participation in the inaugural Over 40s Africa Cup tournament in Pretoria, South Africa, from 26 November to 1 December. The recent adjustment by the central bank to the loan-to-value (LTV) ratio regulations, effective as of 31 October 2023, has been welcomed as a significant boom in the construction sector. The 2023 Nedbank Namibia National Marathon Championships (XCM) will take place tomorrow at the IJG Trails in Windhoek. Local law firm, SNC Incorporated, has for the second consecutive year received recognition from the International Financial Law Review (IFLR1000) for 2023, reaffirming its ranking as a “Notable law firm” in practice areas of financial and corporate in Namibia. Otilie Sabatha has been appointed as Bank Windhoek’s Head of Brand Marketing, effective 1 October 2023. The National Netball Team of Namibia, known as the Debmarine Desert Jewels, left for Botswana yesterday morning to participate in the Africa Netball Cup, slated to take place in Gaborone from November 28 to 6 December 2023.