Nandi-Ndaitwah briefs diplomatic corps

11 Nov 2018 11:00am
WINDHOEK, 11 NOV (NAMPA) – Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Friday briefed members of the diplomatic corps on various initiatives Namibia engaged in during 2018 through bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said with regards to youth empowerment, Namibia is committed to enhancing its capacity.
“This resulted in an increasing number of academic scholarships and other funded skills development programmes facilitated by various countries and organisations to cater for the advancement of young Namibians,” she said.
She further noted that it has become evident that there are several best practises Namibia can emulate, particularly in the use of technology to enhance productivity and skills development across various sectors.
Nandi-Ndaitwah went on to say the national development plans were negatively affected by the global economic downturn, therefore emphasis was placed on the ‘growth at home’ strategy for industrialisation and policy to promote micro, small and medium enterprises and provide a strong foundation for diversification.
The minister also noted that Namibia held its second National Land Conference from 01 to 05 October 2018 to review progress made towards the implementation of the 24 resolutions of the 1991 land conference and to address challenges encountered and outline new measures.
“Namibia also successfully hosted the 38th Ordinary Southern African Development Community Summit of Heads of State and Government on 17 and 18 August 2018 under the theme ‘Promoting infrastructure development and youth empowerment for sustainable development’,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said her ministry and the Electoral Commission of Namibia will host the annual democracy forum on 27 and 28 November 2018.
The forum will take place under the theme ‘Inclusive democracy for sustainable development’ and is aimed at informing initiatives Namibia has been promoting throughout the year in supporting the mandate of the Institute for Democratic and Electoral Assistance within the framework of its 2018-2022 strategy.