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MIB Bulletin March 2009 - Namibian Government

MIB Bulletin March 2009 - Namibian Government

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Rpublic of Namibia
Govrnmnt Information
Bulltin
 
March 2009
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The Head of State and Chairman of the Cabinet, President Hikepunye Pohamba reecting on good governance and democracyand on the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly Elections at the end of the year
 
 
Govrnmnt Information Bulltin: Publicising Govrnmnt
The Government Information Bulletin wasestablished through Cabinet decision number
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/04.07.06/002 as an ofcial informationbulletin to publicise the Government’sprogrammes, policies and activities for thebenet of Government institutions and theNamibian public. All Government institutionscontribute towards the Bulletin. The GovernmentInformation Bulletin is published monthly by theMinistry of Information and CommunicationTechnology. To meet the specic informationneeds 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 regionalofces. The public and organisations arewelcome to subscribe to the Bulletin, but mailingcosts will be for the account of the subscriber.
Contnts
Private Bag
13344, Windhoek 
Telephone
061 - 2839111
Fax
061 - 230170
E-mail
wdeetlefs@mib.gov.na.
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DV8 Saatchi & Saatchi,Windhoek.
Layout and printing
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“ECN should ensure credible electoral process,” saysPresident Pohamba........................................................... 1Government continues to implement developmentprogrammes unabated..................................................... 3-4Omusati Regional Council Started session for 2009........ 4-5Omusati Regional Education launches PerformanceImprovement Strategy..................................................... 5“Health managers and leaders should not betray trust
and condence of government,” says Dr. Kamwi............ 6-7Ohorongo Cement Factory opens..................................... 7-8
Namibia Institute of Public Administration (NIPAM)
close to reality.................................................................. 8Improving efciency in the Namibian Public Service....... 8-9
Parliament in Pictures..................................................... 10-11Namibia chaired UN high-level meeting on drugs andcrime................................................................................. 12War veterans registration at advance stage.................... 12
Namibia’s rst Atomic Energy Board inaugurated........... 13-14
Functions of the Atomic Energy Board............................. 14Erongo held Maternal and Child Health Conference......... 15
HIV/AIDS survey workshop shares ndings.................... 16State Hospitals and MOHSS to be restructured............... 17Outapi labour ofce opened............................................. 17-18
“Namibians should desist from negative habits but
develop Namibia” President Pohamba............................. 18Highlights of 2008 and future plans of the
Ministry of Education........................................................ 19-20
From th Dsk of th Ministr
In 2009, eligible Namibian voters
will go to the polls for the 4th time in
independent Namibia to participate inthe Presidential and General elections.
What makes this election year special
is the fact that those born since
independence will for the rst time be
able to cast their vote for the leaders of their choice. The born-frees have neverexperienced apartheid or oppression,
nor do they have rst-hand experience
of Namibia’s protracted liberationstruggle.
Continuous voter registration is ongoingthroughout Namibia and our born-freesshould make use of the opportunity to register to be able to vote in theupcoming elections. Eligible voters must feel obliged to participate indemocratic elections to help shape the destiny of Namibia.Nineteen years into independence the Land of the Brave is still enjoyingpeace, tolerance and stability – the cornerstones necessary to attractforeign investment and ensure growth and development. As Namibianswe should jealously guard those values. With the upcoming elections,voters and political parties alike should heed the words of H.E. PresidentHikepunye Pohamba and avoid attitudes that may lead to confrontationand violence. Violence during elections may affect the credibility of the elections and this may not only tarnish the electoral process in thecountry, but also compromise the stability we have been enjoying overthe past years.Education and health remain two of the top priorities of the Namibiangovernment. The Namibian youth has the right to receive a world classeducation to be able to compete in the global economy. Similarly, everyNamibian should have easy access to health facilities and excellent healthservices. The education and health sectors feature strongly in thisedition of the Government Information Bulletin to give the population aglimpse of developments in these sectors.The establishment of the Ohongoro Cement Factory near Otavi is goodnews for the country as a whole, but particularly for the residents of theOtavi Constituency in the Otjozondjupa region. This multi-billion dollarinvestment will create job opportunities for more than 300 people, whileOtavi will see the construction of 200 new houses in the not too distantfuture. The Ohongoro Cement Factory can do for Otavi what the Scorpiondevelopment did for Rosh Pinah, which is now a fully-edged town!The development at Otavi is testimony to what can happen when Namibiaattracts foreign investment. As responsible citizens we should strengthenthe government’s hand by working hard and making foreign investorsfeel welcome in our midst. If Namibia becomes a preferred destinationfor foreign investors, there will be a noticeable increase in employmentopportunities, skills transfer and general socio-economic development.That in turn, will help us as a nation to achieve our Vision 2030 to becomea knowledge-driven and industrialised society.
Hon. Joël Kaapanda,Minister of Information andCommunication Technology
 
Government Information BulletinMarch 2009
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Government continues to implementdevelopment programmes unabated
By Kaleni Hiyalwa
“ECN should ensure credible electoralprocess,” says President Pohamba
By Kaleni Hiyalwa
E
ducation is a top priority for thegovernment and will continue toreceive the largest share of the nationalbudget as investment. The governmenthas also started investing in the Education,Training and Sector ImprovementProgramme (ETSIP) which President
Hikepunye Pohamba believes is already
producing good results as evident from
the increasing enrolment gures and
P
resident Hikepunye Pohamba
called on the Electoral Commission
of Namibia to work with all stakeholders
in the preparations for the elections tofacilitate a smooth and credible electoralprocess. He also directed a special appealto all eligible voters to register and votein the upcoming elections.
This is contained in the President’s statement
for the opening of the rst 2009 Cabinet, in the
capital early this year.
President Pohamba said that it is importantthat the political system, at all levels, continuesto promote the values of peace, tolerance,stability and social cohesion, saying that allpolitical parties must avoid attitudes that maylead to confrontations and violence.The Head of State reminded Namibians to learnlasting lessons from the difcult experiencesof other countries where politically motivatedviolence has caused untold suffering. “Wecannot afford to repeat such mistake,” he
reiterated.
“We are proud that Namibia has consistentlyheld peaceful democratic elections sinceindependence, where voters exercise theirpreference freely. This is the source of strengthfor our democracy. It is also a measure bywhich the international community gauges ourcommitment to constitutional and democraticgovernance,” he observed. President Pohambadescribed 2009 as a momentous period in thedevelopment and strengthening of Namibia’sdemocracy due to the Presidential and NationalAssembly Elections to take place in November.As a result, he called on all Ministers to co-ordinate their work methodically to enable thesmooth ow of appropriate information for thecompilation of the Election Manifesto for 2009.“As leaders, our energies must be focused onthe well-being and the improvement of theliving standards of all our people,” he said,urging all ministries and agencies to implementthe development policies and programmes todeliver services to all the people.“Rural development and assistance to vulnerablesections of our population must continue toenjoy government attention. We must alsopursue the achievement of the MillenniumDevelopment Goals, as part of our anti-povertystrategy,” reiterated President Pohamba.He noted that the current global economiccrisis calls for innovative approaches tominimise its impact on the country’s economy,saying that it demands deeper reection andthe development of home-grown solutions toovercome the challenges faced by the people in
the short and long terms.
“One of the options is for our country toexpand and improve agricultural outputfor food security and ultimately, food self-sufciency. Good progress has been made onsome government-funded agricultural projects.I believe that large tracts of land should beplaced under cultivation to increase yields andreduce importation of agricultural products,” the
President recommended.
He also believed that the agricultural outputwould result in benets for the people in the formof affordable food prices, diversity of produceand better opportunities for subsistence farmersto sell their surplus at reasonable returns. Hecalled on the relevant ministries and agencies toattend to tackle other challenges in this sector,including the availability of proper storage andmarketing facilities.“The health of our people remains a priority. Asa result, health services must be accessible andaffordable. Service delivery must be intensiedand expanded, including the provision of anti-retroviral treatment to those infected with HIV/AIDS,” President Pohamba added.The Head of State wants the prevention of mother to child transmission of the virusto be stepped-up, saying that increasedcoverage and availability of treatment shouldbe implemented with respect to tuberculosis,immunisation against childhood illness, malariaand the recurrent outbreaks of cholera andpolio. “These efforts must be complemented by
training programmes for health professionals
and personnel who are needed to make thepublic health system responsive to the needs of the people,” he added.
equitable distribution of resources to allregions and schools around the country.
President Pohamba was speaking at the rstCabinet meeting for 2009. He noted that astrong and effective education system is crucialfor the development of the country, adding thatthere is a need to expand vocational trainingprogrammes to accommodate the youthwho need to acquire skills and competencein different disciplines. This, the Presidentexplained, would enable the youth
to
benetfrom employment opportunities,
and to initiate
and manage income generating ventures.He urged the relevant institutions to speed upthe establishment of vocational training centresthat the government has planned for Karas,Kavango and other regions where such trainingfacilities are absent.
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