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The week-long annual 9th edition of the State-Owned Enterprises Annual General Meeting which was held simultaneously with the SOE games in Oshakati, in the Oshana Region, ended yesterday.

A total of 57 SOEs were represented.

This year's Annual General Meeting for SOEs saw 57 Chief Executive Officers, along with their top executives, coming together to interact and learn from each other, as well as to deepen cooperation for the betterment of Namibia and its people.

Amongst the resolutions adopted, it was emphasized that SOEs need to deepen their involvement in the economy, streamline efforts in service delivery, and internalize corporate governance in their systems.

Fluksman Samuehl, the Chairperson of the Public Enterprises Chief Executive Officer's Forum, stated that the country's SOEs are no longer seen as a burden to the government.

"As leaders of public enterprises, this opportunity we are gathering allows us to learn from one another, strengthen our cooperation, and unite our employees through sports. The decision taken a few years ago by this forum to rotate annual gatherings to the regions of our country provides enormous opportunities and benefits in the sense that it brings public enterprises closer to the regional population and to the regional government, given that we are an extension of the government structure."

The Minister of Youth and Sport, Agnes Tjongarero, commended the forum for the initiative during the official closing ceremony of the 2024 edition of the SOE games. She mentioned that besides strengthening relationships within SOEs, the initiative also promotes sports among employees.

"As we celebrate the success of these events, let us also reflect on the importance of thoughts that promote a healthy lifestyle. Regular physical activity is crucial for our well-being. Events like these provide an excellent opportunity to foster a culture of health and fitness in our organisation."

Next year's event will be hosted by the Namibia Airports Company and the Namibia Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA). The decision on whether it will be held in the Erongo or Khomas Region is yet to be made.

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Ndapanda Shuuya