Government Information BulletinMarch 2009
Government continues to implementdevelopment programmes unabated
By Kaleni Hiyalwa
“ECN should ensure credible electoralprocess,” says President Pohamba
By Kaleni Hiyalwa
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
Hikepunye Pohamba believes is already
producing good results as evident from
the increasing enrolment gures and
resident Hikepunye 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 difcult experiencesof other countries where politically motivatedviolence has caused untold suffering. “Wecannot afford to repeat such mistake,” he
“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 reection 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-sufciency. 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
He also believed that the agricultural outputwould result in benets 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 intensiedand 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
benetfrom 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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