CORRECTION: Geingob hopes to learn from Ethiopian housing model

13 Jul 2015 13:00pm
CORRECTION: DROP 'S' IN 'Dessalegn' TO 'Desalegn' THIRD PARA

WINDHOEK, 13 JUL (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob will visit several sites in Ethiopia in order to understand what mechanisms the Ethiopian Government employed to address housing and urban poverty.
The Namibian Head of State left for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Sunday to attend the 3rd United Nations (UN) Conference on Financing for Development.
In addition to attending the conference, Ethiopian Prime Minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, who also attended Geingob’s inauguration in March 2015, has invited him to visit several sites during that period.
Geingob plans to make use of the opportunity to familiarise himself with areas of strategic importance for Namibia, a media statement availed on Monday from the Office of the President stated.
Geingob’s informative visit comes at a time when Government is faced with problems in addressing the shortage of affordable urban land and housing in the country, while the youth’s frustration of not affording land or housing appearing to be close to a boiling point by just grabbing land.
Ethiopia has made significant progress in housing delivery and rural poverty reduction, and Namibia hopes to learn from the East African country.
In addition to the conference and the special outreach on housing and poverty, Geingob will also be engaging in a number of bilateral side events, aimed at cementing Namibia’s relations with its international partners.
Some confirmed events include meetings with the prime ministers of Sweden and Italy, as well as a meeting with the director general of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA).
The President is also expected to solicit meetings with additional strategic partners that could assist Namibia in financing its developmental objectives at favourable terms.
Geingob is accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein, Minister in the Presidency responsible for Economic Planning Tom Alweendo, Minister of Urban and Rural Development Sophia Shaningwa and Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta.
The conference ends on Thursday.