Development of Blue Economy policy vital: Nandi-Ndaitwah

26 Jun 2019 18:20pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUN (NAMPA) – Government is committed to developing a blue economy policy and governance system to sustainably maximise economic benefits from marine resources for all Namibians, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah made these remarks at the Namibia Sustainable Blue Economy Policy validation workshop here on Wednesday, aimed at verifying whether issues agreed upon previously have been incorporated into the current text.
The deputy prime minister said sustainability maximises economic benefits from marine resources and ensures equitable marine wealth distribution for all Namibians.
“This policy should be completed this year in order to allow enough time to develop and implement its governance and management framework by 2020,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah added that the Blue Economy seeks to ensure sustainable, integrated development of the ocean economy and environmental, social, economic inclusivity, as well as an economic development approach to all marine activities.
She noted that the Blue Economy is anchored in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
She also said the principles of ocean ecosystem are directly applicable to inland waters such as the Kavango, Kunene, Zambezi and Orange Rivers.
Nandi-Ndaitwah further said the fifth National Development Plan’s blue economy policy development is an inter-ministerial task coordinated through the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources.
“The Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources has initiated the policy development process in line with a Cabinet decision and brought aboard nine ministries, which either have regulatory mandates on ocean activities or are key functioning Blue Economy systems,” she stated.
The nine ministries amongst others include the ministries of environment and tourism; land reform and works and transport.