New EIF Board appointed

22 Aug 2016 18:00pm
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta has appointed Teofilus Nghitila as board chairperson of the Environmental Investment Fund (EIF) of Namibia for another three-year term.
The current Board's tenure started in August 2013 and ends 31 August 2016.
Nghitila was reappointed along with fellow Board members, Johanna Andowa and Titus Ndove.
Shifeta also announced the appointment of Karen Nott as deputy chairperson of the board, while Israel Hasheela was appointed ordinary member.
Speaking to Nampa shortly after the announcement of the board, newly appointed EIF CEO Benedict Libanda said they will focus on strengthening certain strategic areas of the fund.
This, Libanda said, mainly includes enhancing renewable energy sources in communal areas, generating more revenue for project financing and building capacity for communal farmers through training and technical assistance.
Waste management also remains one of the biggest concerns of the EIF as it could potentially pollute underground water sources.
“There is evidence that electronic waste is increasing in Namibia, posing a threat to underground water through acidic waste from those products,” he said.
Libanda said they might start charging a levy on batteries of all sorts.
He further noted that the EIF will partner with the Directorate of Customs and Excise in the Ministry of Finance to devise modalities and the eventual implementation of such regulations.
In addition, the EIF plans to establish waste management plants, handling facilities and ensure the recycling of waste products around the country.
“We also want to support the acceleration of renewable energy sources, especially those in rural areas where there is no access to electricity, because for economic development you need energy so we are devising strategies to support small [electrical] grids, solar lightning, and solar energy for rural communities,” he said.
The EIF is an extension of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to safeguard environmental resources, driving efficiency and enhancing renewable energy use across the country.
The new board's term ends in September 2019.