Bank of Namibia Governor Johannes !Gawaxab has urged businesses affected by the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for Small and Medium Enterprise loans provided by the Ministry of Finance through local banks. He further emphasised that for Namibia’s economy to revive on a long-term basis, import substitution, export promotion and investments should all be considered as feasible policy choices and pursued aggressively. “This entails providing as much assistance to local firms as possible through local procurement and the ethos of Namibians shopping locally,” the Namibia press agency quotes him as saying.