Involve communities in planning: Shaningwa

07 Jul 2016 18:00pm
OSHAKATI, 07 JUL (NAMPA) - Some 54 local authorities and municipalities from Botswana, Mozambique and Zimbabwe are represented at the 57th Congress for the Association for Local Authorities in Namibia (ALAN) underway here.
The four-day event commenced at the University of Namibia Nursing Campus on Tuesday under the theme ‘Shaping the future of Namibia with people towards eradication of poverty for sustainable development’.
The congress aims to bring together all local authorities and various stakeholders to deliberate on policies, legislature and developmental issues affecting efficient delivery at local level in Namibia. It also serves as a platform for networking and the sharing of best practices, while promoting partnership between interlinking sectors.
Minister of Urban and Rural Development (MURD) Sophia Shaningwa opened the event on Wednesday and urged ALAN members to work together and do away with housing shortages.
“I am encouraged by your commitment and resolution to shape the future of Namibia with the people in order to eradicate poverty and develop sustainable cities.
“It is thus my hope that this will not be just a saying but an actionable determination and commitment to involve the communities in the strategic planning, budgeting and implementation processes of your local authorities,” she said.
The minister noted that at independence in 1990 Namibia’s urbanisation rate stood at 28 per cent but by the Namibia Population and Housing Census 2011, this rate had gone up to 42 per cent and predictions show that by 2020 it could rise to 50 per cent.
The meeting ends Friday.