Update 2: Harambee year-end review underway

13 Dec 2016 13:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Namibia has fully paid its international obligations to affiliated international bodies, despite economic constraints, said Presidential Advisor for Economic Affairs, John Steytler.
Presenting a review of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) at State House on Tuesday, Steytler said the country during 2016 fulfilled its financial obligations in the interest of maintaining international relations.
Namibia gave its contributions to the African Union (AU), United Nations (UN) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), whilst also attracting investment opportunities.
He said diplomatic missions to Namibia successfully organised the marketing of investment opportunities to the country, which led to the national Invest in Namibia Conference held in Windhoek last month.
The country, Steytler said, has also drawn international support in the war against poverty and continues to fuel solidarity with the oppressed people of other countries.
He highlighted that during the HPP period from its launch in April 2016 to September this year, Namibia ratified several international instruments, including the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, instruments on conservation and reviews of the country’s Foreign Policy.
The HPP is Government’s development plan from 2016 to 2020 during President Hage Geingob’s tenure in office and focuses on poverty alleviation, wealth redistribution and Namibia’s industrialisation amongst many factors of development.
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Peya Mushelenga said international trips undertaken by the President and some Cabinet ministers this year were done to attract trade and investment to the country.
Mushelenga said the outcomes of the trips include new airlines flying to Namibia and the Invest in Namibia Conference that attracted several investment interests.
President Geingob in 2015 during the induction of Cabinet ministers announced a moratorium on ministers’ foreign trips for them to first familiarise themselves with their agencies and duties under the titles. The ban on foreign trips till further notice was also announced as way of cutting costs.