The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Bernard Esau, today swore-in the new board members of the Marine Resources Advisory Council.
The new board consists of 13 members, with Ulitala Hiveluah, who is the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, as the chairperson.
Representatives include Policy Planning and Economics director at Fisheries, Anna Ndinelao Erastus; Miquel Tordesillas from NovaNam; Labour Resources and Research Institute director, Hilma Mote; Jacob Penda from Nafau, Paulus Kainge from Fisheries; Vetumbuavi Mungunda representing the financial sector; Jerome Mouton from Namsove Fishing Enterprises and Namibia Fishing Confederation chairperson, Matti Tushishi Amukwa.
Pieter Greeff, Olivia Shuuluka, Sacky Kadhila Amoomo and Burger Oelofsen were sworn-in as independent members of the council due to their expertise.
Esau said the composition of the board council is well-structured, as the advisors represent various sectors that play a crucial role towards the ministry.
“I applied a holistic approach while appointing the council and believe they are eager to deliver promptly whenever the need arises,” said Esau.
He further said the new council could not have come at a better time as the ministry is "currently busy reviewing its Marine Resources Act and their expertise will come in handy".
The review of the Act has not yet been tabled in Parliament, though, as the ministry is still busy consulting relevant experts on what needs to be reviewed.
According to Esau, his ministry is looking at ways to ensure there is transparency in quota allocations. Issues such as whether the company allocated a quota contributes to poverty alleviation, employment creation and value addition will form part of the review.
Before thanking the outgoing council, Esau urged the new council members to team up to tackle challenges and give their guidance on issues of policy matters to ensure a fruitful tenure.