05 Apr 2016 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 05 APR (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob on Tuesday officially released the much talked about Harambee Prosperity Plan that outlines Government's planned developmental activities for the next four years.
The Namibian Head of State released the Harambee Prosperity Plan for the 2016/17 to 2020/21 financial year during his State of the Nation Address (Sona) in Parliament. Harambee is kiSwahili for 'let's pull together'.
The plan is built on five pillars, namely effective governance and service delivery; economic advancement; social progression; infrastructure development; and international relations and cooperation.
The first pillar focuses mainly on effective governance and service delivery to the Namibian people across the country.
Without effective governance, there can be no sustained economic development, job creation and poverty eradication. While we have strong governance architecture, more can be done to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the service delivery, said the President.
The second pillar deals with economic advancement and emphasizes the importance of the economy in the fight against the social evils of poverty and hunger.
Pillar three deals with social progression in which Government has the dual responsibility to take care of the most needy citizens and to help create an environment where those with abilities can prosper.
The fourth pillar deals with the country's modern and reliable infrastructure development, which is critical to Namibia's economic growth.
The final pillar of the Harambee Prosperity Plan - international relations and cooperation - emphasizes that Namibia is a product of international solidarity and was mid-wifed by the United Nations. This pillar focuses on execution, monitoring and reporting. Fellow Namibians, the Land of the Brave has overcome tremendous historical obstacles. Through the Harambee Prosperity Plan, I am confident that we will rise to the challenge and set the scene for an epoch of everlasting prosperity in Namibia. Once again, let me state that the Namibia House is solid, the State of the Nation is sound, the future and well-being of the Namibian people is safe.
Geingobs second Sona after his first last year, also noted Governments plan to through the finance ministry improve the process of collecting tax and expanding the criterion to include more of the informal economics sector, while the idea of a national lottery in conjunction with the proposed Solidarity Wealth Tax will also be explored for the State coffers to have more money dedicated to alleviating poverty and addressing inequalities.
As expected, housing and the servicing of land also featured, with the President promising 20 000 new houses and 26 000 serviced residential plots for Namibians, while cooperation between Government and the private sector was highlighted as important and pivotal in achieving the said goals.