By Hilary Mare
DEPUTY Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has called for economic diversification in pursuit of the Growth at Home strategy and more economic freedom.
Speaking at the end of year briefing for Diplomatic Corps last week, Nandi-Ndaitwah also told the corps that Namibia was counting on the continued support of various countries through their embassies.
“As an economy largely dependent on primary commodities, our national development plans were negatively affected by the global economic downturn. While we are looking forward to a world economic recovery, we also need to diversify our economy.
“For this reason, we continue to emphasise our Growth at Home strategy for industrialisation and the policy for promoting micro, small and medium enterprises to provide a strong foundation for diversification,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She added that for Namibia this was very important, with the Fourth Industrial Revolution providing a rather unique opportunity to enhance digital connectivity for economic development alongside the rest of the world.
Speaking about the youth, Nandi-Ndaitwah highlighted that youth empowerment remains a key focal area, and that there is strong commitment to enhance their capacity.
“I am happy to note that our cooperation in this area has resulted in an increasing number of academic scholarships and other funded skills development programmes facilitated each year by your respective countries and organisations to cater for the advancement of our young people.
“During recent visits and with our engagements with bilateral partners, it has become evident that there are several best practices that Namibia can emulate, particularly in the use of technology to enhance productivity and skills development across sectors.
“In this context, I want to particularly thank those governments that have facilitated diplomatic training for our staff at MIRCO during this year. I wish to inform that we are in the process of establishing our Diplomatic Academy. Hence, we invite you to partner with us in contributing to the excellence of our Foreign Service,” she said.
At the meeting Nandi-Ndaitwah announced that Namibia would host the Focal Point Network meeting in April 2019.
“I wish to inform that in our resolve to advocate for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda, in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1325, Namibia has joined the global focal point network and attended both successful meetings held in Alicante, Spain 2017 and Berlin, Germany 2018. This global focal point network focuses on increasing women’s participation in peace-related activities and conflict resolution.
“Equally of importance, I wish to inform that the Namibian government through the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, in collaboration with the Electoral Commission of Namibia (ECN) is organising the 2018 Annual Democracy Forum(ADF) from 27 to 28 November 2018, under the theme ‘Inclusive Democracy for Sustainable Development’, to inform the initiatives that Namibia has been promoting through the year in supporting the mandate of the International Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) within the framework of its 2018-2022 Strategy,” Nandi-Ndaitwah concluded.
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