Geingob concludes working visit to South Africa

03 Mar 2019 15:20pm
REHOBOTH, 03 MAR (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob concluded his working visit to South Africa on Saturday after attending the launch of a report by the International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) Global Commission on the Future of Work.
Geingob arrived in Durban on Thursday for the launch of the report, which seeks to understand how a better future of work can be guaranteed at a time when the world is going through shifts in the nature of work and employment.
A statement availed to Nampa on Sunday said he delivered a statement saying the ILO has remained resolute in advancing the notion that people should be at the centre of real progress in modern day global society.
“The SADC region solemnly identifies with this ideal and as such, fully lends its support to the present report, which is anchored on the proposition of a human-centred agenda for the future of work,” said Geingob, who serves as Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairperson.
He further said as the region continues to implement the SADC Industrialisation Strategy and Roadmap (2015-2063) which is premised on transformative and structural changes of economies with the goal of having innovation-driven economies by 2063, the key elements of the Fourth Industrial Revolution will need to feature prominently in implementation strategies and programmes.
“Our focus will be on strengthening growth drivers linked to the potential of priority value chains, particularly agro-processing, mineral beneficiation and pharmaceuticals,” said Geingob.
The statement further said key enablers in this regard are energy, intellectual property rights, skills, information and communication technologies and private sector investments.
“With respect to all these dimensions, SADC is currently in the process of developing a regional strategy on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and I have no doubt that the Global Commission’s report will be a valuable reference,” Geingob stated.
Following the launch of the report, President Geingob held bilateral talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The two leaders discussed matters of mutual concern in the Namibia-South Africa bilateral relationship, including the SADC region and Africa.