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MIB Bulletin December 2009 - Namibian Government

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Government Information BulletinDecember 2009
 
Republic of Namibia
Government Information
Bulletin
 
December 2009
IN ThIs Issue
Mama Amathilagreets Ovatue,OvatjimbaPage 12 – 14RegionalcontributionsP16 – 20News from CabinetChambersP21 - 24
Make Namibia a winning nation – Pohamba
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resident Hikepunye Pohamba, in hisNew Year’s message to the nation,called on Namibians to stand togetherto make the country a winning nation, aplace where all Namibians can enjoy thefruits of independence and realise theirfullest potential.
The President urged Namibians to work togetherfor the social and economic well-being of thecountry and the Namibian people by addressingthe existing inequalities in the distribution of the country’s wealth. “It is a matter of concernthat Namibia has an unenviable distinctionas the country with the most skewed incomedistribution in the world. We, therefore, mustchange this status quo,” Pohamba said in hismessage broadcasted on 31 December 2009 onthe NBC TV.Addressing the skewed income distribution inthe country calls for a multi-pronged approachin a multi-sectoral manner, Pohamba said,adding that it required cooperation in the areaof land redistribution, broad-based economicempowerment, skills formation and availabilityof capital for Namibia’s small and medium sizeenterprises to grow and become sustainable.Pohamba said social justice in the Namibiansociety can only be created by narrowingthe gap between the rich and the poor. He,therefore, called on the private sector to join
the government in nding practical, durable
and sustainable solutions to this challengefacing the Namibian nation.
Reecting on 2009, President Pohamba said
2009 was a challenging year, punctuated by theglobal economic crisis, natural disasters andhigh commodity prices. The government has,therefore, put measures in place to mitigate
Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Dr. Abraham Iyambo and FAO Director General, Dr. Jacques Diouf captured shortly after Dr Iyambo received the Margarita Lizárraga Medal in Rome in November 2009.
Photo:Foibe Fillippus 
Continues on page 4Continues on page 5
the impact of the global economic crisis and the
devastating effects of the oods on people in
Namibia.
Iyambo honoured for
contribution to fsheries
By Foibe Fillipus
N
amibia’s Minister of Fisheries andMarine Resources, Dr. Abraham Iyambobecame the rst ever individual recipient of the Margarita Lizárraga Medal of the UnitedNations Food and Agricultural Organisationwhen the award was handed over to him bythe Director General of the FAO, Dr. JacquesDiouf on 18 November 2009 in Rome, Italy.
The award was bestowed on Dr. Iyamboin recognition of his national, regional andinternational leadership with distinctionin the application of the Code of Conductof Responsible Fisheries through the
implementation of responsible sheries science,
policies and management. His contributionin negotiations leading to the Reykjavik Declaration, the establishment of the BenguelaCurrent Large Marine Ecosystem Project, theBenguela Environment Fisheries Interactionand Training Programme and the South EastAtlantic Fisheries Organisation was takeninto consideration in nominating him for theMargarita Lizárraga Medal.Since the inception of the award in 1997, it has
been awarded to ve organizations, making Dr.Iyambo the rst individual recipient of the award.
The medal is awarded every two years to a personon organization that has served with distinctionin the application of the Code of Conduct of Responsible Fisheries. The award is named afterMs. Margarita Lizárraga, a Senior Fisheries Liaison
Ofcer in recognition of her productive work in theeld of sheries for almost 40 years.
 
Government Information BulletinDecember 2009
Government Information Bulletin: Publicising Government
The Government Information Bulletin wasestablished through Cabinet decision number13
th
/04.07.06/002 as an ofcial information
bulletin to publicise the Government’sprogrammes, policies and activities for the
benet of Government institutions and the
Namibian public. All Government institutionscontribute towards the Bulletin. The GovernmentInformation Bulletin is published monthly by theMinistry of Information and Communication
Technology. To meet the specic information
needs of communities, the public is invited tosend comments and suggestions on Governmentprojects, programmes and policies, which willthen be covered in the Bulletin. More Governmentnews and information can be accessed on theGRN news button on the Government internetsite at www.grnnet.gov.naThe Bulletin is distributed free of charge to ruralcommunities through the Ministry’s regional
ofces. The public and organisations are
welcome to subscribe to the Bulletin, but mailingcosts will be for the account of the subscriber.
Contents
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Make Namibia a winning nation...Pohamba......................... 1
Iyambo honoured for contribution to sheries....................
1From the desk of the Minister............................................... 2Elections entrenched Namibia’s democracy......................... 3Kaapanda addresses youth on nationhood.......................... 4Namibia commemorates Africa Statistics Day...................... 5Civil Registration is a human rights issue............................ 6Witbooi, a man of vision and conviction…Pohamba............. 7We need to know what is under our soil.............................. 8Namibia applauds Congo for generosity and solidarity........ 8HIV/AIDS destabilise fragile economies.............................. 9The HaiIIom have Seringkop to call home........................... 10Namibia Environmental Act made easy................................ 10
Kalahari constituency gets an ofce....................................
11Light at the edge of the tunnel signalsAmathila’s time off................................................................ 12Mama Amathila..................................................................... 13Nam on track with HIV response......................................... 14Mbumba clears the air on Chinese scholarships.................. 15
PM visits sh developments in Kavango..............................
16Vita Thom Royal House Chief “unforgettable”..................... 17Caprivi schools face challenges............................................ 18Caprivi school performance improves.................................. 18Gender-based violence campaign launched......................... 19Volunteers trains on GBV..................................................... 19Iitanango-Omakange road to boost economy..................... 20News from Cabinet Chambers.............................................. 21
From the Desk of the Minister
The Government InformationBulletin wants to sincerelycongratulate H. E. President
Hikepuny Pohamba on
his overwhelming victoryin the 2009 Presidentialelections. We are delightedthat you will hold the reigns
of Namibia for the next ve
years, leading the countrytowards attaining our visionof becoming a knowledgeablesociety by 2030.
With the last chapter not yetwritten on the outcome of the2009 National Assembly electionspending the court case by nineopposition parties, the Namibian electorate has to be congratulatedfor behaving in a mature and peaceful manner prior, during and afterthe elections. This is testimony to the fact that Namibians value theexisting peace and stability in the country, which is necessary to ensurethe socio-economic development of the Land of the Brave. Well done,Namibians!Our sincere congratulations go to Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister,Dr. Abraham Iyambo, for being honoured by the Food and AgriculturalOrganisation for his national, regional and international leadership in
sustainable sheries management. May the Margarita Lizarraga Award
motivate you to continue with the good work that you have been doing
in the sheries sector, especially in Namibia.
At the start of a New Year, we have to echo the sentiments of President
Hikepunye Pohamba for Namibians to stand together and work hard to
make Namibia a winning nation. There certainly are challenges facing usas a nation, but we can translate these challenges into opportunities if we work together purposefully as one team in the interest of Namibia.Towards the end of 2009, Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Libertina Amathilapaid a farewell visit to the marginalised Ovatue and Ovatjimbacommunities in the northern Kunene region. Dr. Amathila tackled theassignment to look after marginalised communities such as the Ovatue,Ovatjimba and the San people with remarkable vigor and compassion.Although she will be going into retirement soon, she can do so in theknowledge that she did, indeed, touch the lives of people in need. TheGovernment Information Bulletin wishes Dr. Amathila a well deservedrest after having spent the greater part of her life working to ensure abetter tomorrow for her fellow Namibians.Our wish for Namibians in 2010 is that we shall all be blessed with anabundance of tolerance to continue living together in peace and harmony,buckets full of energy that will enable us to work tirelessly to bring thefruits of independence to all Namibians and endless wisdom to allow usto address our individual and national challenges in a constructive wayto grow as people and a nation.
Hon. Joël Kaapanda, Minister of Information and Communication Technology 
 
Gvenment Inmatin BlletinDecembe 2009
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T
he 2009 Presidential and NationalAssembly elections have entrenchedthe culture of democracy in Namibia andstrengthened the country’s system of multiparty constitutional democracy. Allpatriotic Namibians should be proud of this achievement.
These sentiments were expressed by President
Hikepunye Pohamba when he addressed thelast ordinary Cabinet meeting for 2009, shortlyafter the announcement of the election results.Pohamba once again thanked the Namibianvoters for conducting themselves in a peacefulmanner during the voting process, saying itwas a victory for the Namibian people and avictory for democracy. The President alsoapplauded the nation for remaining peacefulduring the post-election period up to and afterthe announcement of the election results.Pohamba told his Cabinet that the new mandatethe government has received from the electoratewill demand hard work from everyone to ensurethat the ruling party fulll the commitmentsoutlined in the Party Election Manifesto. “TheManifesto is our blue print for governance duringthe next ve years. It is the basis upon whichwe will address the socio-economic challengesfacing our people. Therefore, it is our dutyto implement all the policies and programmesoutlined in the Manifesto,” Pohamba told hisCabinet on 8 December 2009.The President said the electorate voted theruling party in because they believe that theParty will fulll its election promises. “We shouldnot let them down. Indeed, our people havehigh and justied expectations…….each andeveryone who will form part of the executive…..are expected to deliver on the promises that wehave made to the Namibian people,” Pohambasaid.The Head of State promised that in 2010 it willnot be business as usual in the Government.He expected all civil servants to work tirelesslyto meet the government’s objectives. He alsocautioned that resources that are allocatedtowards the implementation of specicprogrammes must be used effectively andefciently. He warned that there will be noroom for complacency, indecision or vacillation.“The electorate expects prompt service deliveryand that is what we must provide to them,” Pohamba said.Special attention will have to be given toemployment creation, public investments inthe local economy, rural development, theprovision of basic amenities and to boostingthe economic performance and improving theeducation sector, the President stated.President Pohamba called on his Cabinet toensure that the policies and programmescontained in the 2009 SWAPO Election Manifestoare accommodated in the government’s MediumTerm Expenditure Framework to ensure thattheir implementation are funded.He thanked the Cabinet members for their hardwork during the year, and praised the CabinetSecretariat for the valuable services it has beenrendering to Cabinet.He called on Cabinet members to use theholiday period to rest and recuperate, but alsoto think about fresh ideas on how to makethe government work better, faster and moreeffectively.
Electins entenched Namibia’sdemcacy
President Hikepune Pohamba addressing the last 2009 Cabinet meeting on 8 December 2009 while Prime Minister Nahas Angula listens attentively.
Photo: Nampa 

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