17 Sep 2014 10:30am
WINDHOEK, 17 SEP (NAMPA) The five-year Millennium Challenge Account-Namibia (MCA-N) Compact has outperformed all such other programmes around the world.
This was the view of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MCA-N, Penny Akwenye during a media briefing about the Compacts end-date on Tuesday.
The MCA-N compact came to an end with a total of 95 per cent of the US dollars 3.04.5 million (about N.dollars 3 billion) being spend with commendable results.
We have reached the end of the five-year compact implementation in good shape in that we have set a new benchmark for doing business in development.
In fact, we did more and went beyond our brief and exceeded many of the targets set at the outset. In this and many other senses, the MCA-N has outperformed all other MCAs around the world, she beamed.
Spending all the funds on the agriculture, education and tourism sectors during the five-year period, was a challenge, she stated.
This was due to the appreciation of the US dollar against the Namibian dollar.
The agricultural project had three main activities which included land access and management; livestock support; and indigenous natural products.
Akwenye noted that the MCA-N, together with the Agriculture, Water and Forestry Ministry enabled communal livestock farmers to make more informed decisions about how to look after their main resources their rangelands - and raise healthier animals which would fetch higher prices.
In the education sector, the MCA-N had upgraded and expanded 48 schools which were identified by Government as being in need of substantial renovations.
A total of 1.7 million textbooks for Grades Five to 12 for English, Mathematics and Science were also bought and distributed countrywide.
Each learner now has his/her own textbook to study from.
Akwenye furthermore boasted that the MCA-N is convinced that many players in the education sector are now in a stronger position to tackle the education challenges in the country.
New partnerships have been forged, learners empowered, new facilities built and equipped and systems transformed for a better future.
In the tourism sector, various investments were aimed at improving tourism management and awareness of Namibia as a tourist destination, and bringing conservancy tourism into the mainstream of economic activities.
Based on our results, today we are able to not just mark, but to celebrate the Compact end-date, a date which symbolizes the successful completion of the Namibian Compact.
We at the MCA-N have worked hard together with our implementing partners and all other stakeholders since September 2009 to execute all activities contained in the Compact, with the overall objective to reduce poverty through economic growth, she added.