02 Dec 2013 14:10pm
SWAKOPMUND, 02 DEC (NAMPA) - The Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Joel Kaapanda officially launched the Nationhood and National Pride (NNP) strategic plan here on Friday evening.
Speaking during the launch, Kaapanda explained that the strategic plan manual will serve as reference material for future NNP campaign activities.
The manual will also provide an operational framework to reveal Namibias strengths and weaknesses, challenges and opportunities, as well as ongoing initiatives to devise new strategies which would boost national pride.
The NNP strategic plan aims to express the aspiration of Namibian citizens to which stakeholders have agreed to strive so as to build a strong and united Namibia within the realm of its cultural diversity, the minister noted.
Kaapanda went on to say his Ministry was mandated by Cabinet to spearhead the campaign, and as a result the NNP strategic plan was developed and approved by Cabinet in mid-August this year.
He added that this strategic manual will serve as a roadmap to direct the implementation of activities of the NNP campaign.
Namibia has a clear vision of where it is going and it is propelled by each citizen to pursue a common agenda irrespective of their background and social status. As a nation we must stick together during this noble cause to fight social evils such as poverty and inequality, by using our skills for the development of our nation, Kaapanda said.
The minister further mentioned that the strategic plan will create and establish national and regional standing committees to provide leadership irrespective of their cultures.
He also said that apart from the national and regional committees, different committees at sub-regional level should also be created in order to coordinate and enhance the activities of the campaign.
The launch of the plan was preceded by a five-day training workshop on the NNP campaign.
The workshop was aimed at providing key NNP stakeholders with a platform to acquaint themselves with the key views of the campaign as embodied in its strategic plan.
The workshop was attended by 70 participants, including Chief Regional Officers and members of the NNP National Stakeholders Forum.