Construction of MICT Hardap regional office underway

The Ministry of Information and Communication Technology has commenced the construction of its Hardap regional office at Mariental, in the Hardap Region, Deputy Minister Emma Theofelus announced.

Theofelus while giving an update on key projects undertaken by the ministry on Wednesday said the construction is part of decentralising the ministry’s functions to the regions.

She further revealed that part of the ministry’s capital projects includes the allocation of funds to the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) for broadcasting networks and studio upgrade purposes.

‘In an effort to attain 95 per cent digital television broadcasting network to all Namibian households as per the Harambee Prosperity Plan II, there is a need to invest and set up broadcasting networks to ensure that the masses receive the much-needed information through various NBC platforms,’ Theofelus added.

The Ministerial Decentralisation Committee last month held a four-day workshop to review the outdated MICT delegated functions Func
tional Framework and craft new Sector Specific Service Delivery Standards. This is due to the fast advancement in technology and new sub-functions were added to the already existing delegated audio-visual and print functions. The two documents have been crafted, reviewed, updated and finalised, Theofelus noted.

The two documents, she added will be presented to the Regional Councils for execution, in preparation for the devolution phase, where a readiness assessment will be conducted at the beginning of 2025.

Source: The Namibian Press Agency