Transparency will be basis of govt implementation: Geingob

02 Feb 2016 12:00pm
WINDHOEK, 02 FEB (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob says Government will shift its focus to accelerated implementation of efforts that lay the basis for a more transparent society in 2016.
“Last year, significant time was devoted to developing a shared vision that will present the overarching framework for conducting our business going forward,” he said during his official statement at the opening of the first Cabinet meeting for 2016 here on Tuesday.
The Head of State said the release of public office bearers’ performance agreements, which was made public last week, augurs well for the commitment towards transparency.
“It is not a once-off exercise nor is it a tool to punish, it will take time to fine tune and eventually perfect our performance management system,” Geingob noted.
He added that one of the sub-pillars of the ‘Harambee Prosperity Plan’ will be to strengthen and enhance performance management across all levels of Government by ensuring that performance contracts are reviewed on a regular basis and by refining performance targets to be measureable, attainable and realistic.
The ‘Harambee Prosperity Plan’ requires all Namibians to pull in the same social and economic direction to ensure shared growth.
The President also noted that he took cognisance of the views expressed by some in the local media that the public office bearers’ performance targets were too low, while others argued that they were not realistic.
“This, more than anything else, suggests that they are not familiar with how effective systems are developed,” he said.
Geingob added that because of initiatives such as asset declaration, the cancellation of tenders that did not comply with due processes and the halting of the mass housing project due to irregularities, Namibia, in a short space of time, climbed 10 places on the Corruption Perception Index - from 55th to 45th position.
“This means that Namibia is now perceived as the 45th least corrupt country on the planet. We are higher on the ladder of least corrupt countries in our tenure of office; we want to compete with the Scandinavian countries who are perceived to be less corrupt,” the Head of State said.