23 Oct 2014 10:20am
WINDHOEK, 23 OCT (NAMPA) The Namibian Correctional Services (NCS) as a member of the International Corrections and Prisons Association (ICPA) will host the 16th ICPA conference and Annual General Meeting in the capital next week.
The meeting will take place from 27 to 31 October under the theme From Incarceration to Reintegration: Change with a purpose, and will be opened by President Hifikepunye Pohamba.
The ICPA aims to contribute towards the development and enhancement of global understanding of corrections, as well as the building of professional capacity of correctional staff at every level.
Speaking at a media briefing on the conference here on Wednesday, NCS Commissioner-General Raphael Tuhafeni Hamunyela said the conference is taking place at a pivotal time for the correctional and criminal justice fraternity in Namibia, as the phenomenon of crime in recent years has required all stakeholders to expand their knowledge, become strategic and deliver innovative solutions.
The conference programme has been strategically designed to meet these challenges through the use of a combination of highly relevant global presenters, discussion of the most recent criminal justice research, and the profiling of effective and innovative correctional approaches from around the world, he said.
The theme of the conference was chosen to highlight the considerable efforts that have been made in the last decade in reforming and transforming corrections, particularly in Africa.
Hamunyela said he latter in particular emanates from the notion that when correctional staff members are competent, they are likely to create a rehabilitative environment in which reform can take place through the exertion of positive influence.
He went on to say participants at the conference will be offered an opportunity to be exposed to world renowned experts and leaders in the area of corrections.
This exposure will include discussions on best practices, advancements in technology and other corrections related developments, he stated.
This is only the second time this conference is being held on the African continent. The first conference in Africa was held in Cape Town, South Africa in the year 2000.
Founded in 1998, the ICPA has a membership of over 80 countries around the world.