07 Apr 2016 09:40am
WINDHOEK, 06 APR (NAMPA) Namibia will soon release its fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) and discussions on formulating the plan will commence on Friday, Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila says.
Speaking at a breakfast meeting organised Wednesday by the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) on the recently launched Harambee Prosperity Plan, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said NDP5 will be effective from April 2017 to March 2022.
This development plan will not replace the current national development programmes such as Vision 2030 and the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) which President Hage Geingob launched Tuesday in Parliament during his 2016 State of the Nation Address.
The aim of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the Government and the business sector to discuss the expected impact of HPP on the Namibian economy and the efforts towards poverty eradication and greater equity in the national income distribution.
Harambee is kiSwahili for 'let's pull together'.
The HPP outlines Government's planned developmental activities for the next four years and it is built on five pillar - effective governance and service delivery; economic advancement; social progression; infrastructure development; and international relations and cooperation.
In my view, NDP5 will undoubtedly be able to take its cue from both the spirit of Harambee and from the development priorities it is promoting, the Prime Minister said.
The Premier added that the NDP5 can serve as an extension of Harambee after its expiry at the end of March 2020, besides complementing it during its course.
The government has adopted planning as a management tool to help effective decision-making. The first National Development Plan (NDP1) was formulated for a period of five years (1995/1996 to 2000/2001) focusing on the diversification of the economy and consolidation of the achievements realised during the initial five years of Independence.
NDP2 was in place from 2001/2002 to 2005/2006 with the objectives to reduce poverty; create employment; promote economic empowerment; stimulate and sustain economic growth; reduce inequalities in income distribution and regional development; promote gender equality and equity; enhance environmental and ecological sustainability; and combat the further spread of HIV/AIDS.
In 2004, Namibia adopted Vision 2030, a document that focuses on eight themes to realise the countrys long term vision. The themes are inequality and social welfare; human resources development and institutional capacity building; macro-economic issues; population, health and development; Namibia's natural resources sector; knowledge, information and technology; and factors of the external environment.
The Third National Development Plan (NDP3) for the period 2007/2008 to 2011/2012 was then developed, another major step in achieving Namibias vision to be a prosperous industrialised country by 2030.
NDP4 (2012/2013 to 2016/2017) focuses on three goals - faster and sustainable economic growth; the creation of employment opportunities; and enhanced income equality.