Outcome of land conference not predetermined: PM

01 Oct 2018 10:40am
WINDHOEK, 01 OCT (NAMPA) – The outcome of the second National Land Conference is not predetermined by government, Prime Minister (PM) Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said.
Speaking at the official opening of the five-day conference at a local hotel here on Monday, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said government came to the conference with an open mind to receive input from the conference.
“We encourage delegates to give their honest views to help the country reach a common position on this national issue,” she said.
Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the government had extensively consulted the public for their input into the preparation of the conference, and ensure deep reflections on issues partnering to the agenda of the conference.
The conference comes 27 years after the first land conference held in 1991.
Government has since implemented new laws and adjusted existing laws to give effect to the resolutions taken from the first conference, she said.
The PM indicated that in addition to the deliberations on land reform, the conference would also consider land valuation, and pricing accessibility to women and youth, the land tenure system and productivity.
Representatives from various traditional authorities, non-governmental organisations, political parties, ministries, agricultural and labour unions will make presentations at the conference.