Namibia to host social protection expert seminar

11 Aug 2018 11:50am
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) - The Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (MPESW) in collaboration with a team from the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will host a social protection expert seminar in Swakopmund between 21 and 23 August.
This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary in the MPESW, Esther Lusepani through a media statement availed to Nampa on Saturday.
The seminar will be held under the theme; Towards a Comprehensive Social Protection System for Namibia.
The seminar will, amongst other things, seek amicable ways to strengthen the existing social protection system in the country, especially in the context of overarching goals of inclusive growth, eradication of poverty and reducing the social evils related to income inequality.
According to Lusepani, the seminar will also take stock of what has been achieved locally and regionally in terms of the social protection system and deliberate on the future prospects of Namibia.
In addition, said Lusepani, deliberations will also include the social protection policy reform in Namibia.
It is reported that the Namibia Government has included the social protection system as one of the core development strategies in the Harambee Prosperity Plan, the fifth National Development Plan and other related government documents, policies and plans over the past few years.
“This shows the government's strong commitment to developing the social protection system, especially in the context of overarching goals of inclusive growth, reduction of inequalities and poverty in the country,” stated Lusepani.
MPESW minister, Zephania Kameeta will officiate the official opening of the event on 21 August.