29 Oct 2015 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 OCT (NAMPA) The recent conference on poverty eradication reiterated calls on Government institutions and the private sector to collaborate their interventions in the fight against poverty and hunger in the country.
The meeting also called on all Government institutions to ensure the implementation of their intervention programmes and to ensure that proper and adequate basic services are provided to all communities residing in remote areas across the country.
These were just some of the recommendations made at the Wealth Distribution and Poverty Eradication Conference that was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare here on Monday and Tuesday.
A media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday said the conference reiterated the need for the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to immediately finalise the draft policy framework on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication in order to effectively address the existing inequalities amongst the communities.
The conference participants called for the immediate establishment of proper functioning food banks, as well as for sustainable safety nets targeting vulnerable people to be reviewed and proposed.
The meeting further recommended that appropriate empowerment programmes for vulnerable members of society be designed without further delay, and reiterated that investment in Namibias agricultural sector has great potential to create sustainable job opportunities, which in turn will provide lasting solutions to the problem of poverty.
The conference further supported the call for the immediate allocation of agricultural land to unemployed youth for productive agriculture and access to clean water by all communities.
Finally, the conference agreed that deprivation of basic services to communities fuels poverty, and thus called on Government institutions and the private sector to collaborate their interventions and programmes in the fight against poverty and hunger.
The conference was attended by high-ranking Government officials such as President Hage Geingob, a number of ministers, officials from the various local authorities in the county, the youth and representatives of civil society organisations.
The gathering followed the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfares regional consultative meetings and a National Dialogue on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication in all 14 regions between 14 September 2015 and 01 October. It was meant to engage communities and stakeholders in order to seek their input on poverty eradication strategies for Namibia.