Namibia local content conference taking place at Lderitz this week

KEETMANSHOOP: The Namibia Local Content Conference is scheduled to take place in Lderitz in the ||Kharas Region from Tuesday to Thursday this week. The conference is organised by Antila Consultancy Oil and Gas in conjunction with the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI), and it is being held under the theme 'Empowering Namibia's Energy Ambitions by Connecting Industries and Indigenous Talent'. In a statement issued to Nampa on Monday, NCCI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Charity Mwiya, described the conference as a distinctive platform for private sector players and government to interact, share experiences and identify investment and collaboration opportunities. 'The conference will address key themes such as local content, capacity building, knowledge, and skills transfer, all of which have the potential to unlock growth and development in the oil and gas sector. It is an ideal platform for meaningful dialogue to foster and share information and encourage cooperation, identify local content oppo rtunities, and create a sustainable energy sector in Namibia,' she said. Mwiya highlighted that the energy sector is not only a driver of economic prosperity, but also a catalyst for local development and empowerment, adding that local content is important in the energy sector as it can contribute not only to the growth of the industry, but also to the well-being of the communities in which businesses operate. 'With recent oil and gas discoveries that suggest Namibia is on the verge of a historic oil boom, there is much work to be done to prepare local businesses, particularly MSMEs, for opportunities presented by this industry,' said Mwiya. Maria Mbudhi, CEO of Antila Oil and Gas, is quoted in the statement as saying, 'This conference is testament to our collective belief that, by working together, we can overcome challenges, capitalise on opportunities, and chart a course towards a more sustainable, locally driven oil and gas sector, and the development of respective auxiliary industries.' Mbudhi noted that the conference is not merely about addressing challenges, but also about harnessing collective intelligence to co-create solutions that will stand the test of time, and finding ways to curb corruption. 'We understand that true industry growth and resilience can only be achieved by cultivating a thriving ecosystem of local businesses, each contributing its unique strengths to the collective advancement of our sector,' said Mbudhi. Industry leaders, international oil companies, international service companies, and internationally registered delegates from countries such as Nigeria, Angola, India, Dubai and South Africa are expected to be in attendance Source: The Namibia Press Agency