Aviation, a key contributor to economic vitality – Hans

Bank Windhoek’s contribution to the aviation industry has been a business that embodies its core purpose of being a connector of positive change.

So said Bank Windhoek Managing Director Baronice Hans at the launch of Namibia’s first 2022 Aviation and Connectivity Forum, held in Windhoek last week.

“Aviation as a whole is a key contributor to a country’s economic vitality. As such, the aviation industry does not operate in a vacuum, nor isolated from the society in which it operates; it is part of a complex ecosystem that will require our combined efforts to recover holistically, for the benefit of all of us,” Hans said.

An initiative by the Namibia Airports Company (NAC), the Namibia Aviation and Connectivity Forum, has been launched to rethink and reimagine the trajectory of the industry given the recent devastating effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. Supported by Bank Windhoek, the forum will seek solutions on how aviation can play a pivotal role in achieving national aspirations, such as the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP2) and National Development Plans (NDPs) and the national transport policy.

“Bank Windhoek is proud and honored to be part of this initiative which marks the start of a new era in Namibian aviation,” said Hans.

Regarding the challenges faced by the industry due to the pandemic, Hans said the aviation industry has been hit particularly hard as lockdowns have raged around the world, compounding the economic turmoil suffered.

Celebrating Being Namibian

Hans also took the opportunity to remind attendees that this year marks the bank’s 40th anniversary. This milestone, she said, reflects the bank’s commitment to Namibia as it has become an integral part of its progress and evolution.

“As the only fully Namibian-owned bank, Bank Windhoek’s legacy lies in our employees, our customers, our partners and our communities,” said Hans.

“Bank Windhoek was founded in 1982 to revolutionize the financial sector in Namibia. It is a strategic point of view which, to this day, holds true and is inherent in our culture and our way of doing business.

Hans stressed that as Namibia charts a course for a strong economic recovery, it is imperative that the country pulls together and seizes the full range of opportunities that will strengthen its economy.

“The survival of our nation depends on our successful unity, cooperation and collaboration as we navigate a post-pandemic reality,” she said, concluding that Bank Windhoek looks forward to writing a new chapter. history alongside the Namibian aviation industry.

The Namibia Aviation and Connectivity Forum event brought together renowned executives and leaders from government and the private sector. Public Works and Transport Minister John Mutorwa delivered the keynote address. Held in November, the 2022 forum will focus on how Namibia can emerge from the recent pandemic with a resilient and sustainable aviation industry and pave the way for the development of a series of policy and structural measures.
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2022-08-23 Staff reporter

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