5 December 2012

Namibia: Policy Implementation Triggers Reshuffle

THE speedy implementation of the Swapo congress resolutions, especially those aimed at addressing poverty and unemployment, is seen to be the reason for the Cabinet reshuffle announced by President Hifikepunye Pohamba yesterday.

During his closing remarks at the Swapo congress Pohamba said the resolutions were passed with full recognition of the developmental challenges facing the nation and in line with the priority areas that Swapo and the government must focus on to bring about visible and accelerated improvements in the living conditions of the people.

During yesterday’s press conference at State House, Pohamba reiterated that he was determined to ensure that the congress resolutions were quickly adopted by Cabinet as government programmes that required speedy implementation.

“Against this background, the outcome of the congress has necessitated the redeployment of some of the political personnel as well as to bring in new ones,” said Pohamba.

The congress delegates emphasised the need for strengthening the government’s implementation mechanisms.

This plea came shortly after former Prime Minister Nahas Angula gave feedback to Cabinet on the implementation of Cabinet decisions for the period October 2010 to March 2011.

Feedback was given on 84 decisions, of which 70 had been implemented while 14 were still in progress.

It is expected from the ministers to submit progress reports on the implementation of Cabinet decisions twice a year, especially on those policies that will have a tangible impact on the lives of Namibians.

According to a senior minister, the Cabinet Secretariat has observed flaws which relate to low quality of feedback reports.

“Some of the ministries are not responding on time and there is generally a lack of commitment with regard to the feedback on the implementation of policies.”

Pohamba told the delegates that the government should turn the Swapo resolutions into practical outcomes that would benefit all Namibians.

“We must implement our policies and show the nation that we are taking action to achieve the national development priorities.”

With regard to economic growth and income distribution, the congress decided that the government should enhance facilitation of export market access for local products and promote preferential market access for these products.

The government is also expected to promote, through appropriate legislation, mandatory joint ventures between foreign and Namibian enterprises.

“The government must finalise and accelerate the implementation of a policy for economic empowerment of the formerly disadvantaged Namibians and review the Tipeeg implementation modality to target existing businesses of young people and support them accordingly,” reads the Swapo policy document.

A clear policy on black economic empowerment and State participation in the national economy also has to be finalised.

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