Namibia - Country Commercial Guide
Market Entry Strategy

Generalizes on the best strategy to enter the market, e.g., visiting the country; importance of relationships to finding a good partner; use of agents.

Last published date: 2022-10-03

The Namibia Investment Promotion and Development Board (NIPDB), an entity within the Office of the President, advises investors on procedures for entering the Namibian market and establishing a business.  NIPDB’s services include assisting investing companies with registration and facilitating applications for work permits.        

To conduct business in Namibia, it is helpful (though not required) to have a local presence or a local partner.  It may be worthwhile to establish business relationships before tender opportunities are announced.  U.S. firms should seek local partners with a good reputation in their line of business or complementary business.  The NIPDB can assist foreign investors and companies in identifying local partners.

The Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA) is a one-stop center for all business and intellectual property rights (IPR) registrations and related matters.  In 2017, the Ministry of Industrialization and Trade (MIT) launched NamBizOne, a single-window information portal to guide domestic and foreign investors on the administrative and legal requirements to invest, start, and run a business in Namibia.  This portal includes guidance on submitting an investment proposal, incorporating one’s business, registering for tax and social security purposes, and applying for all relevant licenses.