08 Mar 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Tuesday met with former Presidents Sam Nujoma and Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House to present to them the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which is to be released next month.
This was the first-ever meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council, established by Geingob last year.
I want the plan to benefit from your wise counsel before it is finalised and released early next month at the State of the Nation Address, he said.
Geingob explained the Harambee (let's pull together) Prosperity Plan will complement the National Development Plans (NDP) and Vision 2030, adding it recognises and builds on their-Nujoma and Pohambas-successes and achievements.
It is designed to have a high impact and take us closer to the attainment of Vision 2030, he emphasised.
The Head of State said prosperity was the key promise of the Swapo Party during the 2014 National and Presidential Elections, referring to food, clothing, decent shelter, water, infrastructure development and education.
We want to ensure that every Namibian has access to the basic necessities for survival. Geingob explained the Harambee Prosperity Plan will be an acceleration or impact plan aimed at significantly reducing poverty levels, reducing inequalities and uplifting the living standards of all Namibians.
Details of the Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG) and the Mass Housing Programme were discussed during the closed-door meeting.
The two programmes were the initiatives of former President Pohamba.
The Mass Housing Programme was temporarily suspended on 27 May 2015, due to a lack of funds. About N.dollars 2 billion is needed to complete at least 10 000 houses as part of Governments plans to construct about 185 000 low-cost houses under the programme by 2030.
TIPEEGs main purpose is to effectively reduce the high unemployment rate in Namibia, mainly through expediting the implementation of Government programmes and projects with the potential to create huge numbers of direct and indirect job opportunities, in particular for the unskilled Namibian youth.
Tuesdays meeting was also attended by Cabinet Ministers.