In the same vein, I wish to congratulate you, our Honourable Members of Parliament who were elected to this august House last year. We are proud thatyou have hit the ground running and are already carrying out your Parliamentaryduties of debating the issues that affect the lives of our people, including the present debate on the 2010/2011 Appropriation Bill. I wish you all the successduring your tenure as our law-makers.Honourable Speaker,Honourable Chairperson,Fellow Namibians,This State of the Nation Address takes place against the backdrop of one of the worst world economic crises in recent memory. The global economic crisiswhich started in 2009 affected most, if not all countries around the world,including Namibia. Inevitably, this has had a negative impact on the performance of our national economy, the implementation of government policies at different levels, as well as the mobilization of resources to implement public programmes and projects.One of the negative outcomes of the global economic crisis for our country has been the worsened unemployment and poverty. During the period under review,we witnessed economic downturn with the mining sector being the hardest hit.Decline in commodity prices resulted in a scale-down of copper and diamondmining activities. This had the effect of reduced household income, particularlyfor families affected by retrenchments.The issue of unemployment requires focused and multi-sectoral attention of allstakeholders. I will, therefore, outline an array of interventions and measuresthat our Government has, and will continue to pursue in order to address thischallenge.I will also outline the performance of our Government in the vital sectors of our economy and public life including health, education, housing and agricultureduring the period under review.Other issues I will address are those aimed at improving the living conditionsof our people through the provision of safe drinking water, electricity, accessto land, sanitation and the expansion of our physical and communicationinfrastructure.In order to counter the impact of the economic crisis on the economy andhouseholds, Government increased public expenditure by an average of 27.9 percent over the previous Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).