- Programmes & Services
- Minister – Hon. Immanuel Ngatjizeko
- Deputy Minister – Hon. Pieter Van Der Walt
- Permanent Secretary – Mr Gabriel P. Sinimbo
- Ms Bernadette Artivor, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Namibia Investment centre
- Dr Michael Humavindu, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Industrial Development and Agencies
- Ms Annascy Mwanyangapo, Deputy Permanent Secretary, Trade and Commerce
To be the leading Ministry in the drive towards industrialisation, the realisation of an export-driven economy and making Namibia a preferred FDI destination in order to achieve increased and sustainable economic benefits and employment for Namibians and international competitiveness.
To create an enabling environment for increased domestic and foreign direct investment, trade and industrial development, and to position and safeguard the interest of Namibia in the regional and global economy.
The Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development (MITSMED) is responsible for the development and management of Namibia’s economic regulatory administration, on the basis of which the country’s domestic and external economic relations are conducted. It promotes growth and development of the economy through the formulation and implementation of appropriate policies to attract investment, increase trade, develop and expand the country’s industrial base.
Mitsmed management team
Industrial Development Programme
The purpose of this programme is to create conditions necessary for increased investment and the development of a robust and competitive industrial sector in the country. Activities are aimed at building and boosting the capacity of local industries to efficiently produce and supply goods and services to meet local and export demand, and to withstand global competition.
International Trade Programme
The main purpose of this programme is to increase the volume, value and range of Namibian goods and services that are exported and to secure external markets and preferential market access for local products. The programme has three main activities: trade promotion through local and foreign trade fairs and exhibitions/trade missions; market research; and development and management of bilateral, regional and multilateral trade.
Supervision and Support Services
This programme encompasses overall oversight over the design and leadership implementation of the various policies and programmes on trade, investment promotion and industrial development and to ensure coordination and alignment to ministerial and national development plans. It also ensures the provision of administrative or supportive services that the various operational units and agencies of the Ministry require to execute their assigned core functions and achieve the strategic objectives as set out in its Strategic Plan. This is ensured through the acquisition and prudent utilisation of human, financial, technical and other resources. It brings together all the other activities for the attainment of ministerial objectives.
The overall objective is to ensure efficient business and intellectual property registration and a competitive domestic market environment. The programme focuses on the development and adoption of an appropriate legal, regulatory and institutional framework for effective registration, establishment and operation of businesses; the registration, protection and enforcement of intellectual property, standards, conformity assessment and franchises; and promotion and safeguarding of consumer welfare and market competition, important for a vibrant and robust domestic economy.
Investment Promotion Programme
The purpose of this programme is to achieve an increase in number, value and nature of domestic and foreign direct investment in Namibia. This objective is to be achieved by creating an enabling environment for investment, which involves having in place an appropriate legal and regulatory framework, a proper plan and strategy for marketing Namibia as a preferred investment destination and enhancing Namibia’s positive competitiveness ranking.