28 Oct 2013 08:10am
WINDHOEK, 28 OCT (NAMPA) - Namibia has been selected to make presentations to the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trust for possible funding for health and education projects.
The Chief Whip of the Swapo-Party in the National Assembly, Professor Peter Katjavivi said in a media statement issued on Sunday that he travelled to London to meet with representatives from Commonwealth countries last week.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba appointed Katjavivi as Namibia's national focus person for the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Fundraising Gala Dinner, which was held here in March this year.
Namibia has chosen to present projects to the trust for possible funding that tackles youth empowerment and avoidable blindness. We hope to raise further funds in Namibia and elsewhere for the trust, Katjavivi was quoted as saying in the statement.
According to World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates, about 80 per cent of global blindness is avoidable as it either results from conditions which could have been prevented or controlled if the available knowledge and interventions had been applied timeously (such as trachoma, the most common infectious cause of blindness); or it could be successfully treated with the sight restored, as in the case of cataracts.
The chairperson of the trust, former British Prime Minister Sir John Major hosted a luncheon last Wednesday, where he applauded Member States for their efforts in raising funds to assist health and education projects in Commonwealth countries.
The trust has raised 50 million British Pounds (about N.dollars 794 million), and donations from that government will bring this amount to 100 million British Pounds (about N.dollars 1,6 billion).
Namibia contributed N.dollars 400 000 to the trust, which included N.dollars 300 000 from Government and N.dollars 100 000 from the fundraising dinner.
The lunch with Major was followed by a reception held at Buckingham Palace on the same evening with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Katjavivi was accompanied by Namibia's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Steve Katjiuanjo, who recently took up this post in London.
It is expected from the country representatives to the trust to play a crucial role to advise and facilitate the implementation of the selected projects. The meeting also provided an opportunity for us to brief each other on the progress made with regard to fundraising, as well as the implementation of the various projects which are being identified, Katjavivi added.
Other country representatives included former Nigerian president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Trust was established to celebrate the queen's 60-year contribution to the Commonwealth and a life of public service. The trust gives citizens and governments across the Commonwealth and beyond the opportunity to create a lasting tribute to the queen.
The trust is open to donations from individuals, groups, organisations and companies, both inside and outside the Commonwealth.