01 Sep 2016 19:40pm
SWAKOPMUND, 01 SEP (NAMPA) - Namibia exceeded its target of creating 90 000 jobs under the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) over the last four years.
Statistics presented by the National Planning Commission (NPC) at Swakopmund on Thursday show that 110 000 jobs were created.
In addition, 70 per cent of poor and vulnerable Namibians are receiving government grants, including finance and food.
Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo, who spoke at the Erongo regional consultation meeting on NDP5, said within the NDP4 period the economy grew from 5.7 per cent to 6 per cent.
We can all testify that Namibia is now a better place to live in compared to what it was before and in the early years of independence. This is because we managed to create jobs, grow our economy and take people out of poverty, said Alweendo, who is also the Director-General of the NPC.
He was however quick to say although it is commendable, the employment creation and economic growth achieved should not make people think it is the end of the struggle.
More needs to be done to achieve faster economic growth and create more jobs.
We need to work harder to achieve inclusivity and fair income distribution, to have more people go through tertiary education and graduating.
He said Namibia can achieve anything if all citizens and sectors pull together in one direction.
Alweendo noted that there will always be those who criticise government and overlook its achievements, but this does not mean government does not deliver.
The Erongo development review for the NDP4 period indicated that the region is doing very well as the majority of the people have access to water, electricity, sanitation, health and education.
However, unemployment amongst women in the region is high, yet they are the majority of the regional population.
Alweendo said these consultations are a platform to share ideas and collect views on how to improve NDP5 before its implementation.
It is our desire to have a relevant, practical, implementable and achievable plan, the minister explained.
The NDP4 ends in March 2017, while NDP5 starts on 01 April.