After shrinking for 10 consecutive quarters, Namibia’s economy is set for a recovery — albeit a slow one, says Herbert Maier, Standard Bank’s chair in the country. SA’s economic malaise has spilt over into neighbouring Namibia, as has its power shortages, given that the countries trade electricity. Earlier in April, Bloomberg reported that Namibia had ruled out dropping its currency peg with the rand given its close trade links with its larger neighbour and its drive to recover from recession. Namibia would also seek private investment in its energy sector partly in an effort to help reduce its reliance on imports from Eskom, Bloomberg reported, citing an interview with Namibian President Hage Geingob. "The tenth consecutive quarterly contraction has confirmed an economic depression in Namibia and the economy continues to languish with little policy tools available through which to kick-start growth," Maier wrote in Standard Bank Namibia’s annual report for 2018. Maier said while Na...

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