African Day of Decentralisation commemorated at Rehoboth

11 Aug 2019 12:30pm
REHOBOTH, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Derek Klazen said Namibia is aware of the importance of participatory democracy and people-centred development and has been since independence.
According to him, the country has prioritised the development of an enabling environment in the form of a legislative, policy and institutional setup which favours inclusive development and public participation in governance.
Klazen made the remarks at the African Day of Decentralisation commemoration held in Rehoboth at the Dr Lemmer High School sports field on Friday.
The theme for this year’s event was ‘The promotion and effective implementation of local economic development as a sustainable solution for regional and local communities to forced migrants in Africa’.
He said while African Union Member States are celebrating this important day, they should equally be concerned about the global perspective and pressure put on national and local economies by forced migrants moving between countries and within countries’ territorial boundaries.
“I am referring here to migrants moving from under-developed rural areas to developed cities and towns in search of basic amenities for improved living conditions and job opportunities,” said Klazen.
AU Member States and the world in general are faced with phenomenal challenges on forced migrations and this trend can have both negative and positive consequences on the socio-economic development in areas of origin and destination, he noted.
Klazen further said it is evident from the theme that there is immense responsibility and expectations placed upon sub-national governments to address socio-economic challenges facing the continent.
“This theme will help us realise that as regional and local governments, we occupy a conspicuous and strategic position in the government system of our country because we are the first point of call and the host of choice for most people seeking a better life,” Klazen remarked.
He further said that the Namibian Government is committed to the successful implementation of the policy of decentralisation.