8 July 2013
The Economist Businesswomen Club (EBC), a non-profit organisation for women in Namibia, launched the 16th cycle of the Namibian Businesswomen of the Year Award at a Press conference in Windhoek on 2 July 2013.
Sponsored by Telecom Namibia and Castle Breweries, the awards honour and celebrate women who have excelled in their fields. It also aims to inspire and encourage the future generation of women leaders to achieve their true potential and advance their status in the society.
EBC said that nominations are open and registration forms can be obtained from the Namibia Economist offices; it will be printed in the newspaper, or it can be collected from the regional offices of the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI). Anyone who is associated with or knows an individual who meets the criteria can nominate that person as a candidate. This includes spouses, employees, bankers, small business agencies, attorneys, accountants and business consultants.
The awards will feature overall winners in the categories of business owner, private and corporate sector, community and Government, plus a special category, the Young Business Women. Winners of each of the first three categories automatically become eligible for the Namibian
Businesswoman of the Year Award.
Speaking at the launch of the awards, Oiva Angula, Senior Manager of Corporate Communications and Public Relations, said: “The awards are about celebrating and recognising the amazing contribution that women have made and continue to make to business and community life in our country.
“As a senior manager at Telecom Namibia, I have seen and experienced the power of a woman, as women in our company are playing a huge role and bring a much wider range of people skills and determination to the business to achieve strategic objectives and bottom line results. They are indeed making a fundamental contribution to the success of Telecom Namibia as employees in their various capacities.”
Angula added, “Our advice to all Namibian women is – enter these awards no matter what you do and no matter what the size and capacity of your business, as you have plenty to gain and nothing to lose. Participation in these awards will certainly only add further to your profile and marketability.”
Telecom Namibia and Castle Breweries have sponsored the awards N$79 000 and N$70 000 respectively.