Govt. committed to maintain marine resources: Pohamba

03 May 2014 13:00pm
LÜDERITZ, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba said his government is commitment to ensure the country’s marine resources are utilised in a sustainable manner to contribute to economic growth and the improvement of Namibians’ living conditions.
The Head of State made the assurance in a speech read on his behalf by Home Affairs and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana during the opening of the Crayfish Festival under the theme ‘Celebrating Crayfish in Diversity’ here on Friday.
The festival commenced on Wednesday and ends on Monday.
Pohamba said the maintenance of the marine resources is to ensure that future generations celebrate crayfish and other marine resources.
He noted that the fishing and tourism industries are some of the sectors which contribute to the economic development of the country.
“The clean, cold South Atlantic waters off the coast of Namibia are home to some of the richest fishing grounds in the world. The fishing industry continues to be an important life blood, not only for this town, but also for the national economy in general,” Pohamba said.
The president commended the Lüderitz Town Council and //Karas Regional Council for significant steps they have taken to revitalise its economy and renew its infrastructure.
These include the development of the Lüderitz waterfront project which was launched in 2002.
“I have no doubt that this development will contribute significantly to making this town more vibrant and economically competitive. The waterfront development and other infrastructure expansion projects are part and parcel of our government’s efforts to strengthen our local authorities,” Pohamba said.
He noted other important initiatives such as the construction of tarred roads to improve the movement of people and goods; telecommunication networks, and other public works such as the Neckartal Dam, expansion of the Walvis Bay Harbour, construction of the Trans-Kalahari Railway Line and the envisaged Kudu Gas to Power Station.
These projects, the president said, are aimed at strengthening the country’s competitiveness and attractiveness as an investment location.
He said the Crayfish Festival creates an important platform for the sharing of information and marketing of the town; and for local small and medium enterprises to showcase their products and services.
“I encourage the organisers of this festival to consider innovative ways in which greater numbers of residents of this town can be involved and participate in this festival so that it can benefit more people.
I am confident that this festival will achieve its objectives of attracting more visitors and investors to Lüderitz while bringing the residents of the town together in a spirit of togetherness and joy,” the Head of State said.