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Economic database of Namibia

  1. 1. Economic databases of Namibia Presentation to Bank of Namibia 21 July 2008
  2. 2. Introduction  Namibia  Very little business information infrastructure  Business database started in 1991 for NCCI  Usage in Paris, France at UNIDO for investment promotion  Economic business database commercially created in 1999 as NamBizDotCom cc
  3. 3. Reasons for an economic database  Access to credit  Risk management  Fraud prevention  Citizen information  Access to enabling documents  Profiling of people and households  Electronic health register  Financial details - banking
  4. 4. History  Aug 2000 – Workshop on Proposed Economical Information System for Namibia  Dec 2000 – Business plan prepared  June 2002 to July 2003 – Training of 2 Namibians in Germany  Jan 2004 – Business census  Dec 2005 – Persons dbase started
  5. 5. Obstructions  2000 to 2008 – Information and Communications Bill for Namibia not yet finalised  Privacy act?  Data protection regulations?
  6. 6. Insurance Industry Needs  Finance Minister legislates 5% investment in unlisted companies – 2007  Target met by 2008?  Investigative reports needed for risk management = Financial Ratio Reports  Comparison across sectors / businesses
  7. 7. NamBizDotCom  Business and Consumer database  Website – 100,000 visits per month  Email newsletter – 1,700 subscribers  Information provider:  Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority  Mauritius Export Development and Investment Authority  Namibian SME Survey 1999, 2003  Public Access to ICT – Washington University
  8. 8. Business Database  11,000 businesses  Contact Details  Ownership  Management  Classification  Employee’s  Financials  Balance Sheet  Income Statement  Ratio’s
  9. 9. NamPerson Database  250,000 individuals  Full Names  Date of Birth  ID Number  Contact details  Educational Qualifications  Employment Details
  10. 10. NamBiz Services  Marketing services  Consumer and Business Reports  Debt Collection  Publications  Business Training  International Trade References  Company ratings (PTY Ltd’s)
  11. 11. NamBiz Clients  Financial Institutions  Asset Managers  Credit Providers  Legal Profession  Government  Trade and Investment promotion  Market analysis
  12. 12. NamBiz Information Reports  Contact Details  Legal Form  Foundation  Registration Number  Shareholders  Share Capital  Management  Classification  Staff  Turnover  Assets  Liabilities  Bankers  Mode of Payment  Credit Opinion
  13. 13. Financial Ratios  Liquidity  Current Ratio  Acid Test  Solvency Ratios  Debt ratio  Gearing ration  Profitability Ratios  Gross Profit Margin  Net Profit Ratio
  14. 14. Creditreform Germany  Founded in 1879  180 branches in Europe  165,000 members  Online data on 19 million companies  Auskunfte available online at www.creditreform.de
  15. 15. Creditreform on the Web
  16. 16. Benefits  The anticipated beneficiaries are subdivided into 5 broad categories:  Small- and medium-sized enterprises  Business-to-Business (trading)  Financial sector (Credit providers)  Government  Regional and international trade
  17. 17. Benefits  Small- and medium-sized enterprises  Objective investigative reports are available  Continuous monitoring – early warning system for SME service providers  Creates a trading and payment history for use by the SME (access to financing etc.)  Business-to-Business (trading)  Objective information is available on potential clients (can do business with new clients)  Changes in the financial circumstances of clients is reported.
  18. 18. Benefits  Financial sector (Credit providers)  Objective reporting on business assists with credit risk management  National Loan Register – personal and commercial  Government  Business addresses (postal and street) are available for information posting or physical visitation  Companies can be sorted by town, region and business classification for identification of entrepreneurial niches  Black Economic Empowerment / Namibianisation index can be reported  Macro-economic statistics available instantly through continuous research
  19. 19. Benefits  Regional and international trade  Information available for international companies wanting to do business with Namibians  International company information available to Namibian companies
  20. 20. Background on Milton Louw  Professional  Secretary to the ICT Alliance  Lecturer: Cambridge International Diploma in Business  Trainer: MS Office suite  Consultancies  JCC Service Providers Database (2000)  E-commerce in Namibia – ECA report  Economic Dbase for Namibia – Creditreform Germany
  21. 21. Background on Milton Louw  Database Development  Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry  United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Investment Promotion Service (Paris, France)  Ministry of Trade and Industry (EPZ Programme)  Joint Consultative Committee (SME Service Providers)  Botswana Export Development and Investment Authority (Namibian Export Development)  Mauritius Export Development and Investment Authority (Namibia, Angola & Zambia Export Development)
  22. 22. Contact Details  Milton Louw  Telephone: + 264 61 253141  Fax: +264 61 253102  Email: milton @iit.com.na  Cellular: 081 3043282  Switch: 0608 038 832

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