THE long-awaited Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5), unveiled by President Hage Geingob at State House on Wednesday, has called all Namibians to work together to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by the year 2030.
The 118-page document contains a broad range of policy proposals, which describe what needs to be done to ensure the country’s success over the medium to long-term.
These include the need to grow the economy and drastically raise employment levels, as well as improving the quality of education, providing the necessary infrastructure, curbing corruption, uniting a still divided society, and improving the quality and reach of health services.
Geingob said that it is only through the adoption of a high standard of work ethic and a culture of service delivery that Namibia can bring to fruition its national developmental aspirations.
He further emphasised that during the NDP5 period, government will also improve crime prevention efforts, through the enhanced cooperation and participation of all stakeholders.
He added that government will improve justice administrative efficiency, and strengthen national security and territorial integrity.
“During the NDP5 implementation period, Namibia will employ a number of specific strategies, aimed at strengthening sustainable land management, safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity and enhancing value-addition and the sustainable utilisation of biodiversity.
“I believe that effective governance, responsive institutions and an engaged citizenry are the bedrock of sustainable development,” he said.
The document has four pillars, which are economic progression, social transformation, environmental sustainability and good governance.
“It will not be an achievement if by 2030 we reached high income status, but the majority of our people continue to be structurally excluded from meaningful participation in the economy and wealth creation,” Geingob said.
“That is why we speak about inclusive development, where individuals’ needs have meaning. That is why we say, inclusivity builds capability and spells harmony, while exclusivity spells conflict.
“Development based on exclusivity will, therefore, always be short-lived…
“Poverty eradication has indeed continued to be our focus. From day one, we have been forward-looking,” the Head of State said.
He said that he had launched the Harambee Prosperity Plan, to complement to the national development plans’ efforts, in order to fast-track issues that are important for improving the quality of life of all Namibians.
“I have great hope that NDP5 will go a long way towards propelling our country towards an advanced development stage, with the capacity to design and produce sophisticated technologies.
“Initially, this would involve modernising and upscaling our production sectors and systems, including agriculture, manufacturing, fisheries, mining and tourism. By focusing on these sectors, we should be able to create more jobs, to absorb new entrants in the labour market,” Geingob said.
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