PM urges local authoruties to continue fostering development

Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said local authorities play a leading role in fostering socio-economic development in their local areas, by ensuring efficient services and attracting and nurturing business activities.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila made the remarks during the official opening of the good governance, leadership and project management training for the Association of Local Authorities Namibia (ALAN) in collaboration with the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in Ongwediva on Wednesday.

‘It is critical that their governance systems are robust, with the capacity and resilience to deal with the complex challenges, able to rapidly adapt to change, and ensure that their human resources possess the necessary skills and competencies to ensure optimal performance of local authorities and effective public service delivery,’ she said.

She added that local authorities are the first point of contact with government by residents and businesses in urban areas and their society is becoming
more and more urbanised.

Kuugongelwa-Amadhila emphasised that government policies are geared toward achieving human-centered development, where economic growth and development translate into improved welfare conditions for their communities.

Minister of Urban and Rural Development, Erastus Uutoni, indicated at the same occasion that some councils do not use the public resources prudently, with some forms of wrong priorities, abuses of public funds, abuse of power, tribalism, victimisation and intimidation taking place.

According to Uutoni, some councillors have signatory power at their office and do administrative work when they are elected to be decision-makers for good governance.

‘This training should therefore remind us that our responsibilities entail ensuring appropriate governance structure that will enable the citizen to take part in planning and in bringing about development, as well as the provision of basic infrastructure and services for them to live a decent and dignified life,’ he added.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency


Public enterprises created for development purposes: Shiimi

Public enterprises were established to solve developmental challenges and are essential to the national quest to achieve Vision 2030, finance and public enterprises minister, Iipumbu Shiimi, has said.

Speaking at the second Public Enterprises Conference at Gross Barmen on Wednesday, Shiimi emphasised the importance of public enterprises despite challenges of poor performance and governance.

‘As a country, we have created a number of public enterprises to try and solve our developmental problems. As we proceed, we have to continue to reevaluate which one we want to create and which one we have to consolidate.

‘These are institutions that we have created specifically for specific development purposes. You are there to deliver a specific mandate, and you are there to help achieve Vision 2030,’ he said.

Shiimi told the gathering his ministry has been reorganising in an effort to shape the public enterprise sector. He cited the Public Enterprises Governance Act of 2019, which, among others, categorises public
enterprises into different categories.

The 81 public enterprises are grouped into commercial, non-commercial public entities and as funds.

‘We have some of these classifications, and the way they are managed is different. That was done to try and create better governance in public enterprises because I think before, as a shareholder, we were not taking an active role in managing public enterprises,’ the minister said.

The top management of State-owned enterprises is meeting for three days at the tourist resort outside Okahandja to discuss and share best practices on effective performance and strengthening effective governance. The conference is held under the theme; ‘Leveraging value propositions for Namibian public enterprises locally and internationally.’

On his part, the chairperson of the Public Enterprises CEO Forum, Fluksman Samuel, noted that public enterprises ‘still have a significant impact on the economy of our country. Therefore, this conference may serve as a reminder of the enormous responsi
bilities on the shoulders of chief executive officers and managing directors of public enterprises.’

Samuel, who is the CEO of the Lderitz Waterfront, assured Minister Shiimi that the current crop of executives of public enterprises stand ready to support government efforts to improve governance and the overall performance of the sector.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency