Namibia’s manufacturing sector performance declined by 19.6 per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdown measures, FirstRand Namibia economist Ruusa Nandago has said. Nandago in a media statement on Tuesday, Nampa reports, said several manufacturers were forced to stop or minimise operations. This further compounded a decline in the demand for manufacturing products as incomes in the economy became constrained. As a result, output in this sector declined by 19.6 per cent year-on-year (y/y) compared to growth of 4.3 per cent y/y during 2019.