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Doing Business in Namibia
 

Exporting to Namibia

President Obama announced the National Export Initiative (NEI) two years ago, with the goal of doubling exports by 2014.  The U.S. embassy in Windhoek is committed to supporting U.S. companies to start exporting or grow their exports to Namibia.  In this section, you’ll find a quick description of Namibia as an export market and some suggestions for getting started.

Getting Started

1. Access the Country Commercial Guide and / or the Investment Climate Statement for Namibia, written by the U.S. Embassy in Windhoek’s Economic and Commercial team, which provides a detailed overview of Namibia’s business environment, opportunities, and important links and points of contact.  The U.S. Commercial Service’s Market Research Library containing more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, authored by our specialists working in overseas posts.

The Library Includes: 

• Country Commercial Guides (read latest “Doing Business In” guides)
• Industry Overviews
• Market Updates
• Multilateral Development Bank Reports
• Best Markets
• Industry/Regional Reports

You might also consider having a look at the latest “Doing Business” guide  and/or the “Doing Business” regional profile for the Southern African Development Community.

Contact your local U.S. Export Assistance Center for advice and support on exporting to Namibia. To contact a trade specialist near you, go to http://export.gov/eac/index.asp.

Contact your local Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  Starting a business can be a challenge, but there is help for you in your area. Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) are partnerships primarily between the government and colleges/universities and, administered by the Small Business Administration, provide educational services for small business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. 

You can also request specific support from the Windhoek embassy’s Commercial team.  Embassy Windhoek is a partner post with the Foreign Commercial Service in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has a limited ability to provide many of the services offered by the FCS, but tailored for Namibia.  For example:

• An International Company Profile helps U.S. companies evaluate potential business partners in Namibia by providing a detailed report on those companies which have been personally visited by the embassy’s Commercial Officer or Commercial Assistant. Request answers to detailed questions about Namibian companies on a variety of issues and receive advice about the relative strength of the firm in its market and its reliability. Note: Additional fee will apply for site visits outside Windhoek to cover travel and accommodation expenses.  Cost: $900 for companies with 500 or more employees, $600 for companies with fewer than 500 employees and $350 for companies with 500 or fewer employees that are exporting for the first time.  Allow 21 days to prepare the report.

• An International Partner Search helps you find potential agents, distributors or other partners without leaving the U.S.  We will contact potential Namibian partners using the marketing materials you provide, and identify the companies that are interested and capable of becoming a viable representative for you in Namibia. Our report on these companies includes:  contact information and profiles, local market product evaluation, competition from local or third-country firms and more!  Cost: $1,400 for companies with more than 500 employees; $550 for companies with 500 or fewer employees, and $350 for companies with 500 or fewer employees, who are exporting for the first time.  Allow 30 days to prepare the report.

• In a Gold Key Service we provide you with four pre-screened appointments with potential business partners, agents, distributors, sales representatives and/or government entities – mutually agreed upon through continuous dialogue.  In addition, you will receive background and contact information on each potential partner, and a market briefing from our staff upon arrival.  Cost: $2,300 for companies with more than 500 employees; $700 for companies with 500 or fewer employees, and $350 for companies with 500 or fewer employees, who are exporting for the first time.  Allow six weeks to prepare the report.

• Commercial Advocacy support helps your company overcome trade obstacles to successfully enter the Namibian market.  Benefit from coordinated U.S. government engagement with the Namibian Government to protect U.S. business interests. This service is free; see additional guidelines and fill out the Advocacy Questionnaire at the U.S. Advocacy Center to participate in this service.

Investing in Namibia

This section provides information for current and potential investors in Namibia.

Potential investors: Getting Started

If you are considering investment in Namibia, here are some steps you may wish to consider as you get started:

• Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are planning a visit to consider investment, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.

• Access the Country Commercial Guide and / or the Investment Climate Statement for Namibia.  These documents are an overview of the investment climate in Namibia and offer additional resources.

• Visit host country resources, such as the Ministry of Trade and Industry; the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry or the Namibian Manufacturers Association.

• Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page or Twitter feed.

Current investors: Staying Connected

If you are a current U.S. investor in Namibia, the U.S Embassy wants to stay in touch. Here are a few steps you can take to keep the channels of communication open:

• Register with the U.S. Embassy – If you are active in Namibia, let us know by sending an email to the contact addresses on this page.

• Add us to your mailing lists – we are always happy to stay informed.

• Subscribe to our Embassy Facebook page or Twitter feed.

• Set up a meeting with our economic or commercial team to discuss any issues that arise
 
Working in Namibia

In this section you will find information on business visas, travel advisories, and anti-corruption tools.

Business Visas

For information on obtaining a visa to visit Namibia, go to the Namibian Embassy website. For specific questions, you may wish to give them a call.

Travel Advisories

Make sure to check the current State Department travel advisory page to see if any current advisories apply for Namibia.

FCPA

The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) is an important anti-corruption tool designed to discourage corrupt business practices in favor of free and fair markets.  The FCPA prohibits promising, offering, giving or authorizing giving anything of value to a foreign government official where the purpose is to obtain or retain business.  These prohibitions apply to U.S. persons, both individuals and companies, and companies that are listed on U.S. exchanges. The statute also requires companies publicly traded in the U.S. to keep accurate books and records and implement appropriate internal controls.  

A party to a transaction seeking to know whether a proposed course of conduct would violate the FCPA can take advantage of the opinion procedure established by the statute.  Within 30 days of receiving a description of a proposed course of conduct in writing, the Attorney General will provide the party with a written opinion on whether the proposed conduct would violate the FCPA.  Not only do opinions provide the requesting party with a rebuttable presumption that the conduct does not violate the FCPA, but DOJ publishes past opinions which can provide guidance for other companies facing similar situations.  More information on the DOJ opinion procedure can be found at http://www.morganlewis.com/documents/fcpa/FCPAOpinionProcedureReleases.pdf

Contact Us

  • U.S. Embassy Namibia

    14 Lossen Street
    Ausspannplatz
    Windhoek
    Namibia
    Tel.: + 264 61 295 8500
    Fax: + 264 61 295 8603

    Economic / Commercial Officer
    Ivan Rios
    RiosI@state.gov
    Tel.: + 264 61 295 8549

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