First ever Think Tank to be established in Kavango East

04 Aug 2015 11:10am
RUNDU, 04 AUG (NAMPA) – The Kavango East Region will soon have its first ever Think Tank aimed at eradicating poverty in the region.
The Think Tank will play a vital role in advising central government on how to eradicate poverty in the Kavango East Region, which has various natural resources and human resources.
The Governor of Kavango East, Samuel Mbambo said in order to do justice to the call of President Hage Geingob to fight poverty; a “fountain of thoughts” or a Think Tank is needed.
Mbambo was addressing traditional leaders, local councillors, officials from the Rundu Town Council and Kavango Regional Council, Members of Parliament from the region, farmers and local business people at a recent meeting held last Friday.
“I invited you here on the basis of your skills, know-how and intellectual capabilities and experience in various fields of life and work. I invited you to look at the issue of poverty in the region and to offer a solution,” he said.
Poverty, he added, is “a dangerous enemy that has the capacity to destroy a nation and without a strategy, a nation cannot go to war against the enemy”.
The Think Tank will provide policy research, analysis and advice to central government and will operate independently from it.
The meeting, which could not elect a chairperson, first wanted to understand and discuss the work of a Think Tank before it could decide on the composition of the organisation.
Mbambo said the country has 14 regions, each with its own unique challenges and opportunities, thus he called on the meeting to keep in mind the unique characteristics of the Kavango East Region when strategising.
The region has agricultural potential for the cultivation of a variety of crops, as well as for organised forestry and agro-forestry, which stimulates the manufacture of wooden products like furniture and other related industries.
According to the National Planning Commission (NPC), the Kavango is one of the largely rural and northern regions that remain the poorest in the country with more than one-third of the population being poor. This is according to the recently completed 2015 Namibia Poverty Mapping Report.
Of the estimated 568 418 poor people in Namibia, 21 per cent are found in the Kavango regions.