28 November 2018

Namibia: Sport Commission's Strategic Plan Launched

THE Namibia Sport Commission on Tuesday launched its four-year Strategic Plan to run until 2022.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Sport, Youth and National Service, Emma Kantema-Gaomas, said that the purpose of strategic planning was to set overall goals and to develop a plan to achieve them.

"It involves stepping back from your day to day operations and asking where your business is headed and what its priorities should be."

She said the Strategic Plan were in line with the Namibian government's broader plans, such as the Fifth National Development Plan, the Harambee Prosperity Plan and the National Human Resources Plan.

"By 2020 we want to be that dynamic institution that is seen as excelling in sport and empowering the youth. In line with Vision 2030, we want to be that developed and industrialised nation that's developed by its own people."

Some of the strategic objectives of the plan include to enable the youth to become productive and self reliant citizens; to ensure that Namibians have equal opportunities to participate in sport; and to ensure an enabling environment and high performance culture.

Kantema-Gaomas also mentioned some elements of sport excellence that they were aiming for, including to enhance sport development and participation; to improve sport management capacity; to enhance operational excellence, and to promote financial self reliance.

The chief administrator of the NSC, Fred Mwiya said the plan was already implemented in February and involved a lot of processes.

"We had consultative meetings with the federations, Nampol, NDF, Tisan and NSSU, and other sporting umbrella organisations," he said.

According to Mwiya the goal is to contribute to employment creation of at least two percent.

"It was endorsed in 2018 and will run until 2022. It is line with the Harambee Prosperity Plan and the National Development Plan 5 to ensure that sport contributes to employment creation by at least 2 percent," he said.

Mwiya said the goal was to enhance sport development and participation.

"The aim is to promote and develop young talented athletes; to ensure that there is long term training and preparation for athletes targeted for specific international competitions; to ensure the creation of a performance monitoring mechanism of all talented and elite athletes; and to ensure that elite athletes are coached by appropriately qualified coaches," he said.

Another aim was to improve sport management capacity; to ensure production of national sport publications; and to ensure that there is a data base of all trained sport personnel, including athletes and their date of birth.

Another aim is to promote financial self reliance in sport, which includes the establishment of a fund for sport development; the introduction of a sport lottery; and the introduction of a tax regulatory policy on sport for companies supporting sport development.

The chairman of the NSC, Joel Matthews said the plan would guide Namibian sport for the next four years.

"As the leader of the board of the NSC, I am delighted that today we are officially launching the NSC strategic plan which will serve as a blueprint that outlines the vision that will shape Namibian sport for the next four years, taking it to another level.

"The implementation of the strategic plan will require us to work together and hence we need to get a common ground as the sports family and sport stakeholders if we are to achieve the objectives we set ourselves," he said.

He said the plan will help to promote transparency and efficiency for all of Namibia's sport federations.

"The NSC, through this initiative is striving to help the productive capacity of the sport sector to grow, to encourage innovation, research, development and knowledge. We will ensure that through this strategic plan, every sport organisation is in compliance with good governance, transparent, efficient, effective and fully engaged in managing their affairs.

"We hope that through this strategic plan we will provide the impetus to promote sport activities as an educational, integrating tool, and importantly, a tool to promote health and national cohesion," he said.

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