Decentralisation cannot be overemphasised: Klazen

26 Jul 2019 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 26 JUL (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen on Friday said decentralisation cannot be overemphasised as it is a vital tool for development and service delivery.
In a speech read on his behalf at the end of the two-day Decentralisation Consultative Forum organised by the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development in the capital, Klazen said the urgency of decentralisation was confirmed during deliberations at the meeting.
The meeting was aimed at empowering sub-national government by transferring certain functions, decision-making powers and related resources from central government to sub-national government level.
“Namibia has chosen decentralisation as a vehicle to realise the future needs in terms of development and service delivery,” Klazen said.
The deputy minister added that both the central government, ministries and regional councils need to hold hands through the decentralisation journey.
He singled out the approach adopted by the Ministry of Land Reform in terms of its engagement and cooperation with regional councils and other ministries as an example of good practices.
“This platform is important. Both regional councils and line ministries should not wait for a forum to discuss or raise issues that may be hampering operations,” he added.
The first Decentralisation Consultative Forum was held in Windhoek on 27 March 2018.