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The EAN has successfully hosted/co-hosted a number of events in the past years.

Covering a range of topics these events have attracted a wide audience as well as extensive media coverage and policy maker attention, thus generating meaningful and positive exposure for the Association.

Events EAN has engaged through can be found here.

To inform yourself and sign up for upcoming events, please look here.

South African Economic Prospects

Date                                       15 September 2017

Time                                      07h30 to 09h30

Venue                                    Protea Hotel Marriott Fürstenhof

The Namibian economy is closely linked to the South African economy. It is the most important export destination and source of imports. The performance of the South African economy also has a strong impact on the Southern African Custom Union Common Revenue Pool. Namibia receives about 35% of total Government income from SACU transfers. Hence the performance of the South African economy impacts on the Namibian economy the presentation by Mr. Helmo Preuss will provide detailed insight into the trends of some of the relevant indicators.

He will explain why he is forecasting a 1.8% GDP growth rate this year for South Africa when the Beeld consensus only expects a 0.6% increase. His out of consensus forecast is based on the more than doubling in the maize harvest, the 4.5% y/y increase in mining production in the first seven months and the 20.6% y/y increase in exports in US dollar terms over the same period as well as the 3.6% y/y gain in employment in the second quarter.

About the speaker:

Helmo Preuss graduated with a B. Sc. in Computer Science and Mathematical Statistics from the University of Cape Town, and a. B. A. in Economics and Economic History from the University of Cape Town. While he was doing his National Service, he studied for a B. Com. in Business Economics and Operations Research from the University of South Africa. He then completed a B.Sc. Hons in Statistics and Operations from the North-West University and a M. Phil in Marketing Research from the University of Pretoria. He worked as an industrial engineer at steel maker Iscor completing feasibility studies. He was chief economist at mining house Gencor for a decade before moving into journalism with real time financial new service I-Net Bridge. At Statistics South Africa he was the economic analyst responsible for final checks on all economic data series. He is a freelance journalist for among others The BRICS Post and involved in Amore Hydro as project leader for small hydro development. He works also as an economist at Forecaster Ecosa, a consultancy he founded in October 1994

Helmo was called the most optimistic economist – a science normally referred to as “dismal” – by former South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, because he kept on forecasting that South African economic growth would be above 5% in the years 2004 to 2007 when the Reuters consensus forecast was consistently below 5% despite evidence to the contrary.

This willingness to be outside the consensus – but grounded on data – meant he was the only forecaster in January 2002 to forecast a rand below R10 per US dollar in January 2003. In the same way, he expected a win by Donald Trump, and tweeted that on 6 November 2016 – when the consensus forecast was that Hilary Clinton would easily win. He is not always right as sometimes even his optimism is overtaken by events. In January 2017, he was the most optimistic forecaster of the rand, but the actual performance has exceeded even his forecasts.

Background information

Programme – Business Breakfast meeting

You can access the presentation here: Helmo Preuss presentation-6 slides


21 Sept 2017: Double launch – Pax Africana Institute & South Africa can work (book)

We would like to invite you to the Double Launch on 21 September 2017 of the Pax-Africana Institute (Prof. Andre du Pisani) and the book ‘South Africa can work’ written by Frans Rautenbach. The launch takes place at the Safari Hotel & Conference Centre starting at 17h30 for 18h30. Kindly confirm your attendance with Rehabeam Shaningwa – For further information, follow the link to the poster, programme and invitation card.

Launch – Poster

Launch – Programme

Launch – Invitation card

EAN Annual Conference 2017 ‘Regional Integration – Opportunities for Namibia’

The Economic Association of Namibia, in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation and The Namibian hosted a constructive conference under the theme: ‘Regional Integration – Opportunities for Namibia’ on 12 July 2017, at the Safari Court Conference Centre.

Click here to download the agenda.

Click here for a background note on regional integration and more information on the speakers.


EAN Conference 2017 Mrs. Trudi Hartzenberg Presentation – Regional integration – quo vadis?

EAN Conference 2017 Keynote Address by Hon. Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Finance – Repositioning Namibia in the Regional Integration Age

EAN Conference 2017 Mr. Francisco Paulo Presentation – Economic Prospects for Angola

EAN Conference 2017 Mrs. Ndiitah Nghipondoka-Robiati Presentation – Economic opportunities for Namibia from closer regional integration

EAN Conference 2017 Mrs. Ndiitah Nghipondoka-Robiati Presentation – NTF SWOT Analysis


Please find the video links to the four presentations below. Enjoy the viewing:

#EANConf2017: Calle Schlettwein

#EANConf2017: Francisco Miguel Paulo

#EANConf2017: Ndiitah Nghipondoka-Robiati

#EANConf2017: Trudi Hartzenberg





The High Performance Movement Lecture Series – Real Economic Transformation in Africa: Breaking free from Growth and Embracing Wellbeing

On Wednesday June 28th 2017, the NUST and the EAN hosted a lecture on the Wellbeing Economy. Prof Lorenzo Fioramonti criticised GDP as an indicator for growth and presented his concept of the Wellbeing Economy. The lecture was well-attended by students and representatives of various private and public institutions.

Click here for more information about Prof. Fioramonti and the Wellbeing Economy.

Click here for the event programme.



EAN Business Breakfast: The Socio-Economic Aspects of Town Planning

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On the morning of Wednesday, 14 June 2017 the EAN hosted a business breakfast on the ‘Socio-economic Impacts of Town Planning’ at the Lemon Tree Restaurant. The EAN is grateful to the Hanns Seidel Foundation Namibia for their support in this event.

Click here for the EAN Breakfast Programme.

Click here for a background note on town planning and more information on the speakers.

For Mr. Martin Mendelsohn’s presentation on ‘The Right to Urban Land’, click here .

For Mr. Leon Barnard’s presentation on ‘Thoughts and Experiences’, click here .

Below are some photos from the business breakfast:

Panel Discussion on Namibia’s Development Agenda: Opportunities and Challenges in light of NDP5

Click here for NDP5 diagram .

On the morning of Friday, 09 June 2017 the EAN, in association with Bank Windhoek, hosted a panel discussion on NDP5 at the Hilton Hotel Windhoek. The event drew a significant crowd, where the panellists took questions from the moderator, EAN Chairperson Mr. Suta Kavari, as well as  from the audience.

Click here for the event programme.

Below are some photos from the event:

EAN Conference 2016

The Economic Association of Namibia, in partnership with the Hanns Seidel Foundation and The Namibian hosted a constructive review of the state of the economy under the theme: ‘The Namibian Economy, Past, Present and Future’ on 10 November 2016, at the Safari Hotel.


The aim of the Conference was to provide a platform to increase collaboration between the public and private sectors, in the interest of the country’s continued developmental progress. Speakers included: Frans Cronje (South Africa Institute of Race Relations), Nangula Uaandja (PricewaterhouseCoopers), Honourable Tom Alweendo (Minister of Economic Planning).

Thank you to all who participated in making the EAN Conference 2016 a success. Presentations will be uploaded soon.



EAN Conference 2016 Frans Cronje Presentation -South Africa: State of the economy and economic scenarios to 2029

EAN Conference 2016 Nangula Uaandja Presentation – Namibia as an investment destination, looking at the positives, negatives and risks?

EAN Conference 2016 Programme

EAN Conference 2016 Poster

EAN Conference 2016 Media Statement

EAN Conference 2016 Speaker Bios




EAN Year End Gala Dinner 2016

Year-end gala dinner of the Economic Association of Namibia at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek, on the evening of 30 November 2016 with our guest of honor, high profile South African public intellectual Mr. Moeletsi Mbeki.

Business Breakfast 13 September 2016

Namibia has suffered three significant droughts over the past four years. In light of the prevailing and persistent drought conditions in the country, there has been a renewed focus on fighting food insecurity from the government in recent months.

Approximately 596,000 Namibians face the distinct possibility of hunger and in need of food assistance. Food security has become one of the pressing policy concerns for both government and civil society. Food insecurity is detrimental to Namibia’s economy and society at large, both in the short term and in the long term.

The aim of the Business Breakfast briefing was to outline the current state of food security in Namibia and highlight the plans afoot to address heightened food insecurity. It also provided potential solutions through constructive engagement and discussions

Presentation by Jennifer Bitonde