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Economic Development is tasked with promoting domestic and foreign direct investment opportunities in the city and to facilitate the provision of relevant business development support services. This includes developing the competitiveness of the SMME sector through the creation of a conducive environment; provision of infrastructure, relevant business support interventions and stimulation of an entrepreneurial attitude.

This Division aims to transform the Economic Sector and facilitate its growth through sustainable and responsible development interventions.

The Division comprises the following Sections:


Manager: Zurilea D Steenkamp

Tel: +264 61 290 2284



1. Research and Information Management Section

The Research and Information Section undertakes economic research to support the City’s economic developmental initiatives and policy interventions. It disseminates relevant and up to date economic data to internal stakeholders. In addition, the Section is responsible for Information Management, the implementation of the Local Economic Development Strategy and formulation as well as the coordination of the Special Projects Policy.

Special Projects

In its efforts to promote property development in Windhoek, Council has approved a "Special Projects Policy". The intention of the Policy is to allow developers to acquire municipal land for property development projects through private treaty in terms of section 30(1)(t), and to apply for rebate on taxes in terms of section 75A of the Local Authority Act 23 of 1992 that are "unique". Special Projects should thus be understood as new and "unique" property development projects that will enhance the physical environment of the community, encouraging the highest and best use of land and consequently improve the quality of life of residents. The developments are envisaged to uplift the profile of the City as an economically sound investment destination.


Analyst: Research Information Management

Tel: +264 61 2902024


Coordinator: Business Research Tel: +264 61 2902974


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2. Micro Entrepreneurial Development

The aim of the Micro Entrepreneurial Development Section is to facilitate the development and promotion of micro enterprises in the City through the provision of a conducive, supportive, clean and safe environment for traders, customers as and the community.

The Objectives of the Micro Entrepreneurial Development Section are:

  • To facilitate the development, maintenance and upgrading of markets and undeveloped sites.
  • To manage trading activities at the markets and undeveloped sites.
  • Promote the markets and the activities of its tenants.
  • To ensure effective support to facilitate business growth and development.

The City of Windhoek has made provision for various trading sites. These include;

  • 16 permanent markets. These include the Sowetovand Oshetu Community Market
  • Opportunistic markets for vendors such as newspaper sellers, car guards, food carts, barbeque sites, undeveloped sites etc.
  • Product focused markets such as craft markets
  • Periodic markets such as Saturday Street market

The markets provide micro entrepreneurs access to lockable stalls or open trading areas depending on their needs and capacity.


Section Head: Micro-Entrepreneurial Development

Tel: +264 61 290 2569


Coordinator: North-western Suburbs: Tel: +264 61 290 3139

Coordinator: CBD Tel: +264 61 290 2581

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a Lockable Stall?

  • All lockable stalls are advertised in local newspapers.
  • Applications for vacant stalls will only be accepted and considered after advertisements have been placed in the local printed media.
  • Following the receipt of applications, interviews will be conducted with short-listed candidates for further screening.
  • Generally, lockable stalls are leased on an annual basis (renewable yearly) and successful applicants must sign a lease agreement with the City of Windhoek.

How do I apply for an open Trading Area (Inside the market)?

  • Open trading areas are not advertised in the printed media and are allocated on a first come – first served basis, depending on availability and the suitability of the stand to the proposal submitted.
  • Open trading areas are leased on a temporary basis (weekly/monthly).

What other income generating opportunities are there for unemployed individuals?

  • Barbeque Sites
    • Traders are allocated on a limited basis to a number of selected and pre-approved sites for such purposes.
    • Barbeque sites are only approved for barbequing activities and no alcohol sales or alternative usage is allowed at such sites.
    • Bookings must be made at least two days in advance.
    • Permits are issued on a first come – first served basis depending on availability and subject to the payment of a minimal fee and other conditions.
  • Saturday Street Market
    • The Saturday Street Market is hosted once a month, on the last or first Saturday of the month.
    • Traders can exhibit their goods in demarcated areas along Independence Avenue.
    • Bookings are made at the Customer Care Centre, on the last Monday before month end, on a first come- first served basis.

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3. SME Development and Promotion

The Section is tasked with the responsibility of developing small and medium enterprises by creating a favourable environment where business development, growth and employment creation is maximised.

Contact: Section Head: SME Development & Promotion

Tel: +264 61 290 2325


The Section consists out of three (3) units as follows:

SME Incubation Centre (SMEIC):

The objective of the SMEIC is to simulate an environment that empowers entrepreneurs so that they can progress to formal and developed businesses through the provision of necessary business capacity building programmes. The SME Incubation Centre can accommodate 41 tenants who specialise in clothing/textile manufacturing, joinery and upholstery, arts and crafts, catering and innovation.

Contact: Coordinator: SME Incubation Centre

Tel: +264 61 216 897

Industrial Stalls:

The management of the Industrial Stalls provides infrastructure focussed on entrepreneurs who are engaged in light industrial activities such as manufacturing, refining of steel, joinery, automobile repairs, welding, panel beating, painting, upholstery, joinery and textile services. The City oversees 4 Industrial Stalls.

These are located in:

  • Khomasdal
  • Menarovandu
  • Wanaheda
  • Katutura

The Industrial Stalls accommodate 151 traders.

Contact: Coordinator: Industrial Stalls

Cell: +264 81 129 6331 3.

Business Training and Development:

The unit is tasked with the development and implementation of targeted and needs based business orientated capacity building programmes, aimed at SMEs and the youth. It also facilitates training in information technology at the Oshetu Information and Technology Training Centre.

Contact: Coordinator: Business Training and Development

Tel: +264 61 290 3573

Economic Development Officer: SBIC

Tel: +264 61 290 3093

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4. Investment Promotion, Business Development and Liaison

The Section is mandated to promote domestic and foreign direct investment in the City, stimulate business growth and development, develop and foster linkages and relationships between the City and the local business community and enhance the diversification and broadening of Council’s revenue.

Contact: Section Head: Investment Promotion, Business Development and Liaison

Tel: +264 61 290 2577


Investment Promotion & Business Development & Liaison Unit

This Unit is responsible for promoting investment opportunities in the City of Windhoek, including:

  • the production of information materials,
  • Providing after care service to investors,
  • Serving as a link between the City and business community, and;
  • The promotion of trade in the City.

Why Invest in Windhoek

  • Gateway to the whole country & SADC
  • City Police - Crime Prevention
  • CCTV Camera monitoring at strategic points
  • Most populated city in the country
  • Property rights protection
  • Trainable and ample supply of labor
  • Relatively low traffic
  • Cleanest City in Africa
  • Rich cultural blend of friendly people
  • City in a political stable country
  • Lowest cost of municipal services in the country
  • Windhoek is a capital city to a country ranked:
    • the 4th Competitive Country in Africa (World Economic Forum ’09)
    • Corruption ranking: # 4 in Africa (4.5)(same rank with Malaysia)-Transparency International
    • 8th Human Development Capital Index 2010 UN Development Programs
    • NAMIBIA is the trade-friendliest country in SADC
    • 2nd most trade-friendly on the continent (WEF) Global Trade Enabling Report- 2009

Windhoek-Key Economic Sectors

  • Agra-Meat Processing
  • Conferencing
  • Construction
  • Wholesale & Retail
  • Financial & Postal Services
  • Manufacturing
  • Professional Services
  • Tourism and Entertainment
  • Transportation

Investment Opportunities

  • Textiles, garments and clothing manufacturing
  • Electronic/electrical components manufacturing or assembling
  • Motor vehicle manufacturing or assembling
  • Industrial equipment production
  • Power generation and transmission
  • Paper products manufacturing
  • Training and development –vocational
  • Furniture manufacturing

Financial Services

  • Five registered commercial banks & a central bank
  • Linked internationally via internet banking
  • Comprehensive domestic and global services
  • A well developed Stock Market
  • Internationally linked ATMs for cash withdrawals and other transactions

Infrastructure Development

  • Advanced telecommunications in Africa
  • Direct international voice/ data links
  • Video and teleconferencing
  • Roaming with more than 142 global networks
  • 4G Technology
  • Full Internet connectivity/Wireless
  • Best roads in the country
  • Reliable water and electricity supply

Logistic Networks

Couriers and Postal services are the best in Africa

Global outreach with international renowned service providers

One international & one regional airport

Daily flights serving domestic, regional and international markets

Main railway station in the country

Best road infrastructure-well connected to SADC and rest of Africa

Quality of Life in Windhoek

  • Excellent Hotels, Restaurants
  • Theatres, Cinemas, Nightclubs
  • Gymnasiums & Fitness studios in CBD
  • Variety of sport clubs & facilities
  • City tour trips
  • Excellent schools and health facilities
  • Best residences in the country

Contact: Coordinator: Investment Promotion, Business Development & Liaison

Tel: +264 61 290 2196

Commercial Leases Unit

Ensure that Council properties are optimally utilised and are responsible for the management of short-term (<10 years) leasing of Council’s developed and improved properties, such as;

  • Commercial Buildings,
  • Parking areas
  • Kiosks – Post Street Mall

Contact: Coordinator: Commercial Leases

Tel: +264 61 290 3521

Outdoor Adverting Unit

Outdoor Advertising (OA) means the act or process of notifying, warning, informing, making known or any other act of transferring information in a visible manner and which takes place out of doors. The Unit is mandated to manage and control OA in the City.

The unit is responsible for the management and control of OA activities in the City such as:

  • Billboards
  • Posters on street light poles
  • Wall wraps
  • Illuminated street name signs
  • Suburbs names
  • Estate agents boards
  • Trailers
  • Advertising on street furniture such as dustbins, bus shelters, etc.

Contact: Coordinator: Outdoor Advertising

Tel: +264 61 290 2576

Economic Development Officer (Customer Care Centre)

Tel: +264 61 290 3002

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