12 Apr 2017 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 12 APR (NAMPA) President Hage Geingob on Wednesday said Namibia continues to be rated highly by the international community when it comes to good governance.
He said this during his third State of the Nation Address in Parliament.
We can be proud as Namibians of the strong governance architecture we have in place, which is internationally recognised.
Geingob said Namibia continues to be rated by Transparency International as one of the least corrupt countries on the continent.
He said Namibia continues to score high points in the Mo Ibrahim Governance ratings, as well as in the Governance sub-indices of the World Economic Forum and World Banks Ease of Doing Business reports.
The Mo Ibrahim ratings were introduced by the Mo Ibrahim Foundation which was established in 2006 by Mo Ibrahim, a Sudanese entrepreneur and billionaire, to promote good governance and leadership in Africa.
The President further stated that another component of Namibias governance architecture, the Namibian media, continues to be rated as the freest press on the African continent.
He called on Namibians to preserve and improve upon these achievements at all cost.
To prove how serious his government is when it comes to good governance, Geingob explained that he, together with First Lady Monica Geingos, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein and some members of Parliament declared their assets.
In terms of tackling cases of perceived and alleged corruption, Geingob said Government cancelled the N.dollars 7 billion airport tender, and instituted an investigation into the National Storage Facility Oil Corporations operations because of increased costs.
He said Government also initiated investigations into alleged tax evasion by his alleged associates.
This, he said, was proof that corruption had no place in his envisaged Namibian House.
The State of Nation Address is a constitutional annual statement delivered by the President in which he describes the socio-economic condition of the country. The President also gets to outline the nation's priority areas and serious challenges faced by the country, and proposes remedial action for the year.