14 Aug 2016 15:40pm
WINDHOEK, 14 AUG (NAMPA) - Namibian diplomats who attended the recent Heads of Mission Conference in the capital have contributed a combined N.dollars 213 000 towards the Food Bank.
This was confirmed by Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah during an interview with Nampa shortly after the closing of the 8th Heads of Mission Conference on Friday.
The conference was held under the theme 'Enhancing Economic Diplomacy for Prosperity' from 08 August to 12 August 2016.
Management staff of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, which also falls under the leadership of Nandi-Ndaitwah, as well as diplomats who attended the recent Namibian Foreign Policy Review also made unspecified financial pledges.
Of the pledged amount, N.dollars 23 000 has already been paid in cash, while 13 000 was provided in cheques, giving a total of N.dollars 36 000 collected, said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
Other contributions are in the form of medicinal trees, cattle and unspecified goods.
The funds will be used to fast track and assist Government efforts in the eradication of poverty, as outlined in the Harambee Prosperity Plan, which aims towards economic and social progression.
The Food Bank falls under the Ministry of Poverty Eradication, which distributes food aid to people earning less than N.dollars 400 per month.
The Food Bank is currently in its pilot phase and hundreds of residents from the Khomas Region are benefitting. Potential beneficiaries are identified by street committees appointed by Government.
Nandi-Ndaitwah told Nampa that she is confident that the Food Bank will yield its desired expectations.
The project was just launched now and you can see that it is doing well, and I am very confident that many people will benefit, she said.
The Heads of Mission Conference was held shortly after the Conference for the Review of the White Paper on Namibia's Foreign Policy of 2004, which outlines Namibia's Foreign Policy stance on diplomacy management.
The Heads of Mission Conference was geared towards the call for poverty eradication as enumerated by Namibias national policy documents such Vision 2030, National Development Plans (NDPs), HHP and the ruling partys election manifestos, said Nandi-Ndaitwah.