The MoA maps out the direction in which NUST and SEECON will collaborate in launching a regional cluster to be named the Centre for Resource Management and Innovation-based Cooperation (CERMIC). Through CERMIC, the partners will facilitate business development for local Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), as well as offer services for matching European and Namibian businesses. This three-year project, that will run to the end of 2018, will capacitate the enterprises to develop solutions to water and sanitation problems faced by Namibia, South Africa and Zambia.
During the signing of the agreement, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Administration and Finance, Dr Gert Günzel, expressed his excitement about the significance and the timeliness of the agreement. “It recognises that solutions will not only come from large corporations, but that Small and Medium Enterprises also have an equally important role to play,” he said.
A former Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Rt. Hon. Nahas Angula, was a guest at the ceremony and endorsed the agreement. Although he is no longer in office, Angula is actively involved in poverty eradication initiatives through programmes that promote the skills development of young people.
Dr Johannes Heeb, a senior partner at SEECON International, emphasised that the main objective of this initiative is to create a network of incubators and to ensure its sustainability, as people will never be able to live without water.
Alongside SEECON International, NUST will provide business development support to local entrepreneurs who have innovative and commercially viable solutions to sustainable sanitation, water and resource management.