10 Jul 2014 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 10 JUL (NAMPA) - Gabriel Sinimbo and Nghidinua Daniel have been appointed as Permanent Secretaries in the public service.
Sinimbo, who was the acting Chief Regional Officer of the Kavango West Region, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture.
His appointment was effective from 01 June 2014.
Daniel, who was the Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development.
His appointment was effective from 01 July 2014.
The appointments were announced by Etienne Maritz, Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM)s Department of Public Service Management in a media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday.
According to the statement, the duo were appointed as Permanent Secretaries in terms of Section 5(1) of the Public Service Act of 1995 (Act 13 of 1995).
Sinimbo replaces former PS Steve Katjiuanjo, who is now Namibia's High Commissioner in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland.
Daniel replaces Sirrka Ausiku, who is now the Governor of the Kavango West Region. Sinimbo has served in the position of acting Chief Regional Officer of the Kavango West Region over the past few years.
During his tenure there, he was responsible for the setting-up of all relevant administrative components for the newly-established Kavango West Regional Council.
He further occupied the position of Director of Planning and Development of the then-Kavango Regional Council.
Sinimbo also served as a member of the Kavango Regional Tender Board, and was until February 2009 the chairperson of the Kavango Tourism Forum.
He holds a Masters Degree in International Business from the Polytechnic of Namibia, and an Honours Degree in Public Policy from the School of Public Administration and Leadership at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa.
He also completed both the Management Development Programme from the Graduate School of Business and the Senior Management Development Programme (SMDP) offered by the Namibian Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM), in collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch.
The statement further noted that Daniel is an accomplished leader with a wealth of industry and managerial expertise, and until the time of his appointment, held the position of Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry, a position he has held since 2008.
Previously, Daniel served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Offshore Development Company, and was also seconded to serve as acting Managing Director of the Namibia Wildlife Resorts (NWR).
He currently serves as the chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Namibia Tourism Board; is a commissioner on the Board of the Namibia Competition Commission; a member of the Walvis Bay Corridor Groups Board of Directors; and a member of the Offshore Development Companys Board of Directors.
Daniel holds a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Public Policy and Management from the University of London, and a Bachelors Degree in Administration (Economics and Development Administration) from the University of South Africa.
He also attended the executive education programme Leaders in Development: Managing Change in a Dynamic World at the Harvard Kennedy School in the United States of America (USA).