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Non-banking financial Institutions worth N$419 billion

Non-banking financial Institutions worth N$419 billion

CHAMWE KAIRA The Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFI) assets amounted to N$419.4 billion at the end of 2023, according to figures given to Observer Money, by the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa)’s Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth Matomola. Number of regulated entities as at 31 December 2023, included 78 active pension funds, seven medical aid funds, one active friendly society, 14 long-term insurance companies, 14 short-term insurance companies, 21 special purpose vehicles, 21-unit trust management companies, 31 investment managers, 31 unlisted investment managers, 560 microlenders, one stock exchange, four linked investment services providers, four stockbrokers, including sponsors. Namfisa exists to supervise…
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Green hydrogen is ‘win-win’ for Namibia, Germany

Green hydrogen is ‘win-win’ for Namibia, Germany

CHAMWE KAIRA Germany has ambitious targets of preventing climate change that are in line with internationally agreed commitments, Thomas Feidieker, Head of Development Cooperation at Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Windhoek told Observer Money this week. Feidieker said reducing the use of fossil energy to decarbonize the German, as well as the global economy, is high on the agenda. The German interest follows several complementary and interdependent targets, he said. “The cooperation between Namibia and Germany as well as the European Union is particularly close because of the late President Hage Geingob’s vision to develop the Green…
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Medical aid funds under close monitoring

Medical aid funds under close monitoring

Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth Matomola talks about the state of the non-banking financial sector, the state of medical aid industry and new innovations being supported by Namfisa. Observer Money (OM): How would you describe the performance of Non-Banking Financial Institutions (NBFIs) in the first half of 2024? Kenneth Matomola (KM): According to the data collected from the NBFI sector by Namfisa, despite the contractionary monetary policy environment, demand for NBFI products remains strong. The NBFI sector remains financially sound and does not pose any systemic risk to the country’s financial system. Overall, the NBFI…
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ANIREP achieves requirements for solar plant

ANIREP achieves requirements for solar plant

CHAMWE KAIRA Alpha Namibia Industries Renewable Power Limited (ANIREP) informed shareholders this week that it has successfully fulfilled its Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) obligations for the Omburu 26.134MWp Solar PV Project and the issuance of the performance certificate by NamPower. The company said this significant achievement reflects ANIREP's Group commitment to delivering high-quality renewable energy solutions. ANIREP said as part of obligations outlined in the contract signed on 16th December 2020, between the HopSol Africa Pty Ltd / Tulive Private Equity Pty Joint Venture and NamPower and the Central Procurement Board of Namibia, shareholders were notified that the contractor…
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Rates cuts expected at year end

Rates cuts expected at year end

CHAMWE KAIRA Simonis Storm Securities expect the South African Reserve Bank to implement its first rate cut in September. The firm believes that the political landscape in South Africa shows positive signs moving forward, but economic growth remains subdued, and further evidence is needed to confirm sustained improvement. In contrast, for Namibia, the firm project the Bank of Namibia to implement a 25 basis points cut by the end of 2024. The South African Reserve Bank decided to keep its key repo rate at 8.25% on 30 May marking the sixth consecutive meeting at 2009-highs, as widely expected. While the…
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Namfisa urges customers to ensure fair resolution

Namfisa urges customers to ensure fair resolution

CHAMWE KAIRA Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth Matomola has encouraged Namibians to lodge their complaints with Namfisa to ensure a fair resolution when they have disputes with non-banking financial institutions. He explained that a complaint must first be lodged with the financial institution concerned and the clients must ensure that they receive a response in writing. If not satisfied with the response received from the financial institution, a complaint must be lodged with Namfisa. He said the complaints can be emailed, or submitted in person at the Namfisa head office, faxed or sent by post.…
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Khomas, northern regions inflation at 4.8%

Khomas, northern regions inflation at 4.8%

CHAMWE KAIRA The year-on-year inflation rate stood at 4.8% in Zone 1 (Kavango East, Kavango West, Kunene, Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, Otjozondjupa, and Zambezi) in June this year compared to 5.2% registered during June 2023. The Namibia Statistics Agency said the slowdown in the annual inflation rate emanated mainly from the slow increases registered in the price levels of ‘food and non-alcoholic beverages’ (from 11% to 4.1%); ‘education’ (from 4.5% to 0.6%); ‘miscellaneous goods and services’ (from 6.8% to 1.4%); ‘clothing and footwear’ (from 3.7% to 1.9%); and ‘furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house’ (from 6.4% to…
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Dairy farmers get extra winter levy

Dairy farmers get extra winter levy

CHAMWE KAIRA Namibia Dairies has announced the implementation of a supplementary winter levy to support its dairy farming partners during the challenging winter season. The company said recognising the current trading environment and the considerable strain posed by the ongoing drought, Namibia Dairies is committed to supporting its partners in the dairy industry to the best of their ability. The company announced that subject to all quality specifications being met, the winter levy of 75 cents per litre will be paid for all raw milk delivered by standing dairy farming partners between 1 June and 31 August. The initiative aims…
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Russia’s diamond surpasses Botswana

Russia’s diamond surpasses Botswana

The value of Russia’s rough-diamond production surpassed Botswana’s for the first time in 2023 even as sanctions and a weak market hindered the country’s diamond sales. The growth comes despite increased sanctions, including the addition of the European Union to the list of those banning Russian diamonds and harsher rules by the US regarding goods substantially changed in a third-party country, such as India. Last year, Russia produced 37.3 million carats of rough, with a total value of US$3.61 billion, at an average price of US$97 per carat, according to statistics the Kimberley Process (KP) in its production report. That…
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Air cargo show strong growth

Air cargo show strong growth

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for May global air cargo markets showing continuing strong annual growth in demand. Total demand, measured in cargo tonne-kilometers (CTKs*), rose by 14.7% compared to May 2023 levels (15.5% for international operations). This is the sixth consecutive month of double-digit year-on-year growth. Capacity, measured in available cargo tonne-kilometers (ACTKs), increased by 6.7% compared to May 2023 (10.2% for international operations). “Air cargo demand moved sharply upwards in May across all regions. The sector benefitted from trade growth, booming e-commerce and capacity constraints on maritime shipping. The outlook remains largely positive with purchasing…
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