Harambee to be assessed through ministers' performance: PM

06 Apr 2016 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 06 APR (NAMPA) - Government through the Office of the Prime Minister will annually evaluate the Harambee Prosperity Plan to ensure accountability.
Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa Amadhila said this during a breakfast meeting organised by the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) on the recently launched Harambee Prosperity Plan.
President Hage Geingob launched the four-year (2016/2017 to 2019/2020) Harambee Prosperity Plan in Parliament on Tuesday while delivering his second State of the Nation Address (Sona).
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said all ministers and senior officials will participate in the annual assessment exercise by submitting yearly progress reports.
She explained the plan will be integrated into the performance agreements of all ministers responsible for implementation.
“The Harambee Plan aims to improve the way we are doing business and better our performance and outcomes,” she said while calling for support from the private sector in terms of implementing the five pillars of the plan.
The pillars are effective governance and service delivery; economic advancement; social progression; infrastructure development; and international relations and cooperation.
Speaking at the same occasion, Economic Advisor to President Hage Geingob John Steytler explained the plan aims at improving transparency and has a clear procurement process.
“We want to become the most transparent country in Africa and have clear tender regulations,” he said.
Steytler noted that during the four years about 10 000 new jobs will be created in the manufacturing sector, while 20 000 new houses will be constructed and 26 000 residential plots made available.
The plan will also address the issue of inequality and empowering women in the country.
He said it will also promote the accessibility of local products to enter the local market and introduce a guarantee loan for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
“The government has established the SME Bank to close the gap of collateral and to play a role in financing small business in the country,” he noted, explaining that the plan includes the establishment of an SME Development Agency to improve SME access to finance from the current 22 per cent to 50 per cent by 2020.
To ensure no load shedding and a constant supply of electricity for the economy to grow, the Harambee Prosperity Plan also includes improving infrastructure in the electricity sector, while Government will review the power and energy model being used by national power utility NamPower.
This, Steytler said, will also improve the rural electrification rate from 34 per cent in 2015 to 50 per cent by 2020.