Relationship between culture and development important: Alweendo

01 May 2016 12:40pm
OSHAKATI, 01 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia needs to cultivate a relationship between culture and economic development, Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo says.
In a statement read on his behalf at the Oshakati Totem Expo gala dinner at Oshakati on Saturday, Alweendo, who is also Director-General of the National Planning Commission, said the relationship between culture and economic development generally receives little attention and there is a lack of awareness about how important it is to develop.
The Totem Expo is an annual event that started in 2012. The expo involves commercial activities and a parade of 15 floats showcasing the totems of participating groups’ respective regions down Oshakati’s main road.
Alweendo said because of the impression people have that the two are not connected, potential cultural aspects of development have been neglected.
“There are various reasons why culture is neglected, among them fear, given Namibia’s diverse cultural diversity,” he said.
The minister said there should be “a circular relationship” between culture and development that will reinforce itself and culminate into the advancement of people.
Oshana Region Governor Clemens Kashuupulwa at the same event urged the Oshakati Town Council and local business owners to continue being part and getting involved in activities similar to the expo that will stimulate the local economy and consequently, the entire country’s economy.
More than N.dollars 500 000 was raised during the gala dinner, with support coming from a number of organisations and individuals including Chicco Trading, Fysal Fresh Produce and Standard Bank Namibia.
The expo starts on 27 May and end 04 June and will be held under the theme ‘Strengthening Ties with Culture’.