NDP5 should answer to aspirations of Namibians: Alweendo

10 Aug 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 10 AUG (NAMPA) – The Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) should be relevant, realistic, practical and a plan Namibia can identify with and support.
This is the view of Director-General (DG) of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Tom Alweendo.
He was speaking at the opening of the one-day consultative meeting on the formulation of NDP5 here on Wednesday.
Alweendo said the meeting should focus on strategies to nurture the value of a procuring nation and investing in the Namibian economy, and should also form the basis to account on progress towards development.
The NDP5 will be launched in April 2017 as NDP4 comes to an end in March 2017.
The NPC DG added that Namibia's achievements does not mean that the country has reached the pinnacle of its development or that there are no areas of development where more work has to be done.
“We need to create more employment opportunities in our country while the income generated from economies should be shared on a more equitable basis among the people of our societies.”
He noted that particular attention also has to be paid to education where innovation should be the focus, adding that Namibia should view unachieved aspirations as the necessary stepping stone to the future.
The meeting is being attended by various representatives from local and regional government, law enforcement agencies, the National Youth Council and the Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
The stakeholders attending the meeting are expected to be active agents in what Namibians want to see in the development plan.