“Address root causes of poverty”: Alweendo

24 Sep 2016 17:10pm
OSHAKATI, 24 SEP (NAMPA) – Addressing unemployment is the best way to tackle poverty quickly, Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo said on Wednesday.
Alweendo, who is part of the delegation accompanying President Hage Geingob in the United States of America, said this during the launch of the Global Partnership for Universal Social Protection as a means to achieving Social Development Goals (SDG) in New York.
He said most people in Africa are poor because they are unemployed due to various reasons and that there is therefore a major need to provide a social safety net system, which can only be achieved by creating meaningful jobs for the unemployed.
“Among these, we will also include the strengthening of governance in our economic and political institutions in order to create the necessary trust within societies and one way of achieving this – and by no means the only one - is by reinforcing transparency and accountability,” said Alweendo.
He added that the country also needs to continue investing in the education systems, where emphasis is more on the production of high-level skills that are relevant for the 21st century as without these relevant high-level skills, it will be near impossibility to transform the socio-economic landscapes that is needed not only in Namibia, but in most countries who have not applied the above mentioned.
“Another area where we need to pay particular attention is how to enhance the equitable sharing of economic benefits brought about by globalisation that we have witnessed over the last couple of decades.”
According to the minister, it is therefore essential in this respect that careful re-examination of the current international trading system, especially its ability to promote a fairer international trade, is done as this trade can be an effective tool in the transformation of developing economies.
“I would like to believe that these are things that are all in our reach, especially given the global commitment that was clearly demonstrated during the launch of the SDGs last year and that Namibia will be an active participant in the global effort to promote an effective and sustainable universal social protection to achieve the SDGs,” he said.