11 Jul 2016 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 JUL (NAMPA) - Government will start the final round of stakeholder consultations on the proposed New Equitable Economic Empowerment Framework (NEEEF) Bill next week.
The Bill is designed to restructure the private business sector through empowerment pillars that are aimed at addressing a variety of needs of previously disadvantaged people. This framework is designed to supersede all other transformation and empowerment policies in the country.
Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Nangula Mbako said in a media statement issued here on Monday her office, in collaboration with the Law Reform and Development Commission (LRDC), will conduct the final round of stakeholder consultations from 18 to 27 July 2016.
The first meeting will take place at Mariental on 18 July for all stakeholders and public residing in the //Kharas and Hardap regions. Windhoek will host the second meeting on 20 July for stakeholders in the Khomas and Omaheke regions.
Otjiwarongo will then host consultations on 22 July for residents of the Erongo, Otjozondjupa and Kunene regions.
On 25 July, the meeting will take place at Rundu for residents of the Zambezi, Kavango West and Kavango East regions; while consultations with residents of the Oshana, Omusati, Oshikoto and Ohangwena regions will take place in Ongwediva on 27 July 2016.
The venues of all meetings will be communicated to the public at a later stage, Mbako said.
She invited the general public, civil society organisations, community-based organisations, business entities, and non-governmental organisations to attend the consultation meetings in their respective towns for input and suggestions on the Bill.
Government had conducted several consultative meetings and workshops with stakeholders regarding this Bill since the beginning of this year.
The public was also invited to submit queries, comments and input on the Bill in writing before 29 April 2016.
These platforms aim to allow everyone a fair opportunity to react to the Bill, which is one of 40 Bills expected to be discussed in the National Assembly during the course of this year.