Namibia should become leading fishing nation: Esau

09 Jul 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 09 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources plans to make Namibia a leading fishing nation in the world, with a well-developed aquaculture sector.
The plan is part of the ministry's strategic intent which was handed over to President Hage Geingob in May this year.
Geingob asked all ministers to hand in strategic intentions of what their ministries will carry out during the next five years, which will constitute their promise to the public.
Briefing the media on Thursday, Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Benhardt Esau said his ministry's strategic intent will be guided by ensuring the responsible management of Namibia’s living aquatic resources and develop the aquaculture sector to the benefit of the present and future generations.
“We want to ensure that our country remains the most sought-after fishing destination in the world and ensure that we remain the leader in the selected product markets in which we have a comparative advantage like hake, horse mackerel, among others,” he said.
He indicated that the ministry will ensure operational excellence and innovation throughout all its operations and activities.
“We will ensure that we add value to local resources and create sustainable employment for all our people,” stated the minister, adding that his ministry will uphold core values of transparency, inclusivity and ethical behaviour in all its operations.
The ministry also intends to ensure sustainable revenue to fiscus.
“Our process will be underpinned by operational excellence, environmental standards, citizens’ empowerment and supporting our people,” said Esau.