Tipeeg programme a success: Alweendo

18 Jun 2015 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 18 JUN (NAMPA) – The N.dollars 14,5 billion Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (Tipeeg) created 83 000 jobs in three years.
This figure consists of 67 000 temporary jobs and 16 000 permanent jobs.
Government launched Tipeeg in 2011 to create 104 000 jobs in three years.
Minister of Economic Planning and Director-General of the National Planning Commission, Tom Alweendo, announced this on Thursday at a media conference and described the programme as a success.
“We might not reach the 104 000 jobs target, but that does not make it a failure. It is not about the figure, it is about the difference the programme made in people's lives,” he stated.
Tipeeg was implemented as a three-year development initiative, concentrating on transport infrastructure, agriculture, housing, tourism and sanitation.
The main purpose of the programme is to effectively reduce the high unemployment rate in Namibia, mainly through expediting the implementation of Government programmes and projects with the potential to create huge numbers of direct and indirect job opportunities, in particular for the unskilled Namibian youth.
Projects that received special attention include the expansion and rehabilitation of the Aus-Lüderitz railway line and the construction of the Ondangwa to Oshikango railway line, and road infrastructure that was constructed and upgraded throughout the country, such as the Rundu to Nkurenkuru road.
In the agricultural sector, Tipeeg implemented Green Scheme Programmes, such as the Ndonga Linena in the Kavango East Region and Sikondo irrigation projects in the Kavango West Region.
In the housing sector, the programme managed to see the completion of the Otjomuise Extension 10 project, which was delivered towards the end of last year.