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Promoting micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Namibia

Promotion of business advisory and economic transformation services II (ProBATS II)

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  • Commissioning Party

    German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

  • Country
  • Lead executing agency


  • Overall term

    2023 to 2025

  • Products and expertise

    Economic development and employment


Namibia’s economy is dependent on raw material exports and tourism revenue and is subject to strong fluctuations. Economic growth has been declining for the most part since 2015 and has been further slowed by the coronavirus pandemic. This has mainly affected micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), which have had to cut jobs.

An inclusive economic upturn requires far-reaching structural changes as well as greater productivity and innovative capacity. It is therefore necessary to create an environment in which the private sector can thrive and contribute to growth.

Given the important role of MSMEs, the government launched the national development plan (2016 to 2022). The aim is to establish value chains in order to reduce raw material exports and involve MSMEs in processing in the country.


Micro, small and medium-sized companies are benefiting from economic recovery.

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The project works directly with MSMEs and commercial financial service providers and also enables business associations and existing programmes to provide companies with needs-based support. Furthermore, it is committed to ensuring that a suitable institutional and regulatory framework is in place. It operates in two fields of action:

  1. Private sector promotion sharpens the strategic focus of business associations and adapts their business services to the needs of MSMEs. The focus is on optimised production processes and lower production costs.
  2. Financial sector development improves access to financial services for MSMEs and supports financial service providers in developing their services. The improved services are offered together with training courses for MSMEs to promote investment and inclusive growth.

In both components, training courses are held to promote the entrepreneurial and financial skills of MSMEs in Namibia.

Last update: November 2023