Namibia could learn from Brazil's fight against poverty

08 May 2017 20:00pm
WINDHOEK, 08 MAY (NAMPA) – The visit of Brazil’s External Relations Minister Aloyisio Nunes to Namibia, is to rekindle bilateral relations between the two countries and address a number of issues for the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) to be effective.
These were the remarks of Nunes when he paid a courtesy visit to the Namibian Head of State, Hage Geingob on Monday afternoon at State House.
Nunes said Brazil is enjoying a peaceful relationship with Namibia, since before independence, and wants to build on and stabilise this relationship.
The key focus of bilateral relations between the two countries, Nunes said, include the reduction and eradication of poverty and the promotion of investment and trade.
“We are looking at concrete efficient steps within our external policies in this regard,” he said.
The Brazilian minister acknowledged that his country is experiencing an economic crisis, which affects its international relations.
“We are recovering and are therefore expecting new levels of growth. We therefore will be looking into social development, family, agriculture, house building, school feeding programmes and most importantly, investment and trade,” he said.
Asked as to how Brazil will assist Namibia in the fight against poverty, Nunes said they have great experience in poverty reduction.
“We even have a system where we transfer money to poor families to upgrade their living standards,” he explained.
Brazil has over the years implemented various social policies through which the poor have better access to assets and prices of goods are regulated to ensure affordability.
In 2001, the South American state implemented a programme similar to that of Mexico, through which poor households under a certain monthly income receive a monthly grant but on conditions including children attend school regularly and pregnant women visit clinics. By 2007, the income-inequality in Brazil had declined and the income of the poor had increased by about 7 per cent.
Geingob was in the company of Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also held a meeting with Nunes.