Kaapanda retires a happy man

17 Mar 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MARCH (NAMPA) – Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Joel Kaapanda, said he is leaving his office a happy man going into retirement because of the successes his ministry has achieved.
Kaapanda, who gave his last speech at a gala dinner hosted by the Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia (CRAN) on Monday, assumed office in March 2005 and will be one of the ministers that will retire with head of state, Hifikepunye Pohamba on 21 March 2015.
CRAN regulates telecommunication services and networks, broadcasting services, postal services and the use and allocation of radio spectrum.
MICT was established in March 2005 at the start of Pohamba’s term and “the achievements that it has achieved is unprecedented” according to Kaapanda.
The minister said such a success should be celebrated but stakeholders should not become complacent.
“There are so many challenges because ICT is a dynamic sector and we must be able to respond or adopt to all the changes”, he stressed.
Kaapanda urged CRAN board members and management, and the industry in general to “keep up the good work, keep improving and keep innovating so that Namibia remains at the herm of this industry”.
He further assured stakeholders that he will not fizzle away into oblivion, but will always be around and keep a close eye on the ICT sector.
“I want to make sure that you are doing the right thing and I hope the minister who will succeed me will take up the challenges with you”, he noted.
The next MICT minister will assume office after being sworn in on 21 March 2015.
Kaapand thus called on the ICT sector to render him or her their cooperation as they have done with him.