Fast implementation needed to end poverty: Kameeta

26 Jul 2017 18:40pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibians are slow in implementing projects, Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare Zephania Kameeta has said.
Speaking at the University of Namibia (UNAM) 2nd Multi/Interdisciplinary Research Conference here Wednesday, Kameeta said excellent developmental plans to win the war against poverty and inequality are there, but the process of implementation is slow.
“We like to postpone plans; it takes months and years just to implement one simple plan or project,” he said.
The three-day conference is taking place under the theme ‘Ending hunger, improving health, inequality and environment change in Africa for sustainable development’.
The conference will see various stakeholders, experts and scholars reflecting on the role of academics in addressing ways to end hunger, improve health, end inequality and environmental changes in Africa for sustainable development.
The theme is based on the United Nations (UN) Agenda 2030 on sustainable development, which was adopted by member states in 2015 in New York.
Kameeta stressed that poverty eradication cannot be the sole responsibility of one government entity such as the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, but it should be an effort of each and every Namibian, including the poor themselves.
“We need action; research findings from such conferences should yield practical and realistic recommendations that will lift the standard of living of the Namibian people,” said Kameeta.
Speaking at the same event, Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation Itah Kandjii-Murangi said institutions of higher learning, including UNAM, are well positioned to address problems that hamper the realisation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Such realisation can be done through teaching, research and community engagement programmes,” said Kandjii-Murangi.