NIPDB advocates more vocational training

Namibian youths have been urged to take up vocational training to provide skills in the green hydrogen and oil and gas sectors.

The call was made by the chief executive officer of the Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB), Nangula Uaandja, when she addressed the Oxungi Youth Engagement Forum on Friday.

“With the advancement of the green hydrogen sector and the oil and gas discoveries, it is up to you to take advantage and start setting up businesses to offer the goods and services demanded within these sectors.

“Find that value within yourself and bring that value to market,” Uaandja said.

About 95 youths attended the hybrid event with more than 25 participants joining via the Facebook live stream.

According to a statement issued by NIPBD senior manager Catherine Shipushu, the forum was designed to give a platform to bridge the gap between Namibia’s dynamic youth demographic and the available economic opportunities.

The forum addressed critical issues such as the economy and youth unemployment, emphasising the NIPDB’s dedication to fostering a high quality of life for all Namibians, including the youth and building a resilient national economy.

Uaandja said the NIPDB, an entity housed in the Office of the President, recognised the youth as vital stakeholders in the country’s socio-economic ecosystem, and the open dialogue initiated becomes crucial as the nation’s economy progresses and market dynamics evolve.

She said the forum signifies not merely a one-time event, but marks the beginning of a comprehensive approach by the NIPDB.

“It reflects the institution’s commitment to fostering continuous engagement, facilitating discussions and implementing proactive measures to address youth employment and promote economic development in Namibia.

“The ultimate aim is to create an inclusive environment where no voice is left unheard, and no one is left behind,” said Uaandja.
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