12 September 2017

Namibia: Officials On Singapore Training Trip

Sixteen government officials jetted off to Singapore on Sunday for a week-long training exercise.

This comes after Cabinet in June approved that 16 permanent secretaries, chief regional officers (CROs) and local authority chief executive officers (CEOs) go for the training.

The training, which started yesterday and ends on Friday, is meant to equip the public servants with governance and public administration skills, and is taking place at the Civil College of Singapore.

The trip will cost N$416 000 in flight tickects for the 16 people while another N$150 000 would be spent on the senior government officials' accomodation for the six nights' stay.

Amongst those who will be receiving training in Singapore this week is urban and rural development permanent secretary Nghidinua Daniel, the agriculture ministry's PS, Percy Misika, the trade ministry's PS, Gabriel Sinimbo and Nipam senior consultant Rebekka Kakololo.

Also included are Otjiwarongo municipal CEO Ismael /Howoseb, //Karas chief regional officer Augustinus Ucham and Erwin Mpasi Katewa of the Kavango West Regional Council.

Over the weekend, an official letter seen by The Namibian, signed by urban and rural development minister Sophia Shaningwa, circulated on social media, in which she sought permission for the officials to attend the training programme.

Shaningwa states that the training initiative was endorsed by Cabinet back in June this year in an effort to improve and transform performance across all levels of government.

"This is an important national capacity-building initiative, which has been sanctioned by Cabinet, and I am, as line minister for sub-national governments, also communicating my consent or approval for the nominated officers to attend the training. Please facilitate the same approval at your level," she requested.

The urban and rural development ministry's spokesperson, Mbatjavi Kahuure, yesterday did not respond to questions about the trip while information minister Tjekero Tweya, who has been out of office for a while, said he could not comment on the issue as he was apparently not clued up about what has transpired.


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