NEEEF not intended for one section of population only: PM

11 Feb 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 11 FEB (NAMPA) – Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has acknowledged a concern by the public that the New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) Bill is intended to empower some sections of the population and discriminate against others.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila was speaking at a consultative workshop on the NEEEF here on Thursday.
The Bill is designed to restructure the private business sector through empowerment pillars that are aimed at addressing a variety of needs of previously disadvantaged people.
“I want to dismiss this and refer to the Namibian Constitution which first and foremost acknowledges that the apartheid policies that have been implemented in the country have left long lasting negative impacts on certain sections of the population,” she said.
The PM added that it was not enough for the country to abolish the apartheid system, adding that the constitution obligated the government to put in place laws and policies to redress the impact of the apartheid policies.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the public and stakeholders should not just condemn the Framework Bill during consultations, but should put forward counter-proposals on how they can better achieve socio-economic transformation.
She also explained that NEEEF is designed to promote socio-economic transformation through three empowerment pillars.
These include the Ownership Pillar, aimed at promoting ownership with productive resources by disadvantaged resources and the Management Control and Employment Equity Pillar to ensure that the management of enterprises and labour force reflects the democratic, gender and employment requirements more accurately.
The third pillar is the Human Resources and Skills Development Pillar, which promotes staff development in respective enterprises.
Public consultations are underway on the NEEEF Bill on the Office of the Prime Minister and the Land Reform and Development Commission (LRDC) websites for comments via an online submission form.
The platform will allow everyone a fair opportunity to react to the Bill at their own convenience until 25 February 2016.