Geingob advised to reduce size of Govt.

21 Feb 2017 13:40pm
WINDHOEK, 21 FEB (NAMPA) – Independent economist, Mally Likukela has called on President Hage Geingob to consider drastically decreasing the size of his administration to save money.
Providing advice ahead of the tabling of the 2017 National Budget next month, Likukela, who is the managing director of Twilight Capital Consulting, said apart from evaluating non-essential expenditure, Government should question the size of Cabinet, the Legislature and Executive wings of State.
“The number of ministries, ministers and deputy ministers as well as executives is simply too high,” Likukela said in statement on Monday.
He said if a sizable political bureau runs a large country such as China successfully, then Namibia does not need all the ministries and advisors to run a small population and even smaller economy.
“A restructuring of the Executive as a matter of principle in the 2017 budget and all savings from trimming the bloated Executive and Legislature should be channelled towards the needs of Namibia.”
Upon taking over the presidency in 2015, Geingob increased ministers from 23 to 27 and deputy ministers from 21 to 35 to manage an economy with a gross domestic product (GDP) of about US dollars 13 billion and a population of about 2.3 million. China has 20 ministries to manage a GDP of about US dollars 10.8 trillion and a population of about 1.3 billion.
Additionally, Geingob in 2015 appointed his five advisors, dubbed the ‘A-Team’, on matters concerning the economy, media, Constitution of Namibia, private sector, policies and their implementation, youth and enterprise development. Geingob also created the position of vice-president.