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Namibia, Best Environment in Africa for Entrepreneurs

“Firstly congratulations to Namibia, it’s wonderful to see Namibia come up with the highest ranking in the Africa section in the index, it’s very exciting,” said Rona Kotecha, Executive Director of Mara Foundation.

Mara Foundation is part of Mara Group, a pan-African multi-sector business with extensive operating experience in both African and international markets. Established in 2009, Mara Foundation focuses on fostering entrepreneurialism in Africa through a myriad of programmes designed to address the complete life-cycle of an entrepreneur’s business idea. The Foundation works to create sustainable economic and business development opportunities for young entrepreneurs via Mara Mentor and Mara Women.

Namibia scored the highest of all African countries featured in the Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index, ahead of other prominent African markets, such as Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

In Spotlight News this week we sat down with Rona Kotecha, Executive Director of the Mara Foundation on:

  • Namibia’s ranking in the Ashish J Thakkar Global Entrepreneurship Index,
  • How the assessment was done,
  • The “Policy” pillars where Namibia has done well,
  • Policy recommendations that can be revisited,
  • And existing challenges facing Africa.


 -Interview by Maggie Forcelledo