President Hage Geingob delivering his State of the Nation Address today (15/04/2021)
|Story by George Sanzila
Windhoek - As is customary, the President of the Republic of Namibia, H.E. Hage Geingob delivered his annual State of the Nation Address in a joint session of Parliament today (15/04/21).
The President is obligated to address the nation on matters pertaining to the implementation of government programmes and activities and future plans in accordance with Article 32 (2) of the Namibian Constitution.
In his address, the President highlighted the devastating impact of the Covid 19 pandemic on Namibia’s economy and the livelihood of people. Over 592 lives have been lost due to Covid 19. He added that government has been working hard to minimize the impact of the pandemic by being one of the first countries to sign to the COVAX facility that would deliver over 24 000 doses of AstraZeneca Vaccine. China and India have also donated 100 000 and 30 000 doses of the Sinopharm and Covidshiled vaccines, respectively. Some Namibian have already been vaccinated. A stimulus package of 8.1 billion Namibia Dollars supplemented with an additional amount of 500 million Namibia Dollars, specifically targeting Small and Medium Enterprises was recently introduced.
In order to speed up Namibia’s economic recovery, President Geingob further stated that the Harambe Prosperity Plan II was launched on the 18th of March 2021. He noted that countrywide consultations were conducted to make the plan more inclusive.
President Geingob also revealed that a Namibian Investment Promotion and Development Board was established in the presidency with the aim to attract local and international investors. According to the President, 15 out of 100 potential investment projects with a value of 45 billion Namibia Dollars have been presented to the cabinet committee on treasury, Trade and Economic Development.
Other notable projects mentioned by the President include the strengthening of rural agricultural extension services, the school feeding programme to more than 431, 500 school going children, the construction of the Erongo desalination plant, the Neckartal Green Scheme and the Walvis Bay container terminal which has been completed.
The government has also spent a combined 6 billion Namibian Dollars on social grants in order to fight poverty and hunger. In order to improve revenue collection for government coffers, the President recently launched the Namibia Revenue Authority. The President who reiterated the need for transparency as a premise to fight corruption, added that government has adopted an open-door policy which has resulted in Namibia ranked first in Africa on Press Freedom.