19 Jul 2017 16:20pm
WINDHOEK, 19 JUL (NAMPA) The recently revived Development Partners Forum (DPF) provides an important platform to strengthen and enhance the relationship between the Namibian government and its development partners, Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo has said.
Alweendo said during the DPF meeting here on Wednesday that despite having recently being classified as an upper-middle income country (UMIC), Namibia is still a developing country, therefore this stage should serve as motivation for them to redouble efforts towards sustainable development.
The forum serves as the avenue for Namibia and its development partners to engage on the countrys development priorities and challenges.
It also helps us figure out how our development cooperation can effectively contribute towards the achievement of our National Development Plans (NDPs) and our longer term objectives outlined in Vision 2030, he said.
Outlining some of the NDP5 priority objectives such as tackling poverty, inequality and unemployment, the minister said Government is focused on achieving inclusive, sustainable and equitable growth.
It is indeed still the case that our economy needs to grow at a higher level and be more inclusive, and that we need to create more employment opportunities, especially for the youth, said Alweendo.
The NDP5 Implementation Plan, launched by Deputy Minister of Economic Planning Lucia Iipumbu on 11 July, is estimated to cost at least N.dollars 164 billion to complete projects and programmes over five years.
Alweendo therefore urged stakeholders to cultivate the ethic of deferred gratification.
United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Representative, Anita Kiki Gbeho said Namibias UMIC status requires innovative ways of engaging development partners for progressive results.
Partnerships such as these offer the opportunity for new types of cooperation in search of better solutions, not just with civil society organisations and public sectors but also by tapping into the skills and innovation of private sectors, she said.