URGENT: Geingob opens Parliament

09 Feb 2016 17:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 FEB (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob on Tuesday officially opened the third session of the Sixth Parliament, outlining some of the achievements Government attained in the year 2015.
During his address, Geingob described the state of the nation as sound.
“We have a growing and a stable economy, and we continue to be favourably rated by international rating agencies,” he said.
He singled out the Corruption Perception Index recently released by Transparency International in which Namibia climbed 10 places - from 55th to 45th position.
Namibia is also ranked as the fourth least corrupt country in Africa.
Geingob further indicated that the Namibian Government “is not broke, unlike what some want to portray”.
“To the contrary, we are a credit worthy nation and the long-term outlook for Namibia is positive,” he said, adding that the government will continue to build on the legacy of fiscal discipline and prudence that was built over 25 years.
He also touched on the country’s democracy after 26 years of independence, saying it has withstood several challenges and continues to be a beacon of hope and motivation, not only in Africa but in the world as a whole.
Geingob, in addition, focused on the issue of poverty and the role Parliament can play in the war against poverty.
The Head of State referred to 2016 as the year of implementation.
“In 2016, it is time to turn words into reality and it is time to implement. The eyes of the nation are on us,” he stated.