‘Realisation of Vision 2030 possible’

“We strongly believe that the best approach for the implementation of Vision 2030, and indeed other government programmes, is through consultation, information sharing and maximum participation by our people.

Through this conference our people in all spheres of life can contribute to the attainment of the vision,” he said while opening the National Consultative Conference on a Vision 2030 Implementation Strategy in Windhoek on Wednesday.

Vision 2030 was initiated by former president Sam Nujoma in 1998 and then launched officially on June 4, 2004, when he called on cabinet to deliberate on “A vision (for Namibia) that will guide us to make deliberate efforts to improve the quality of life of our people to the level of their counterparts in developed world by the year 2030”.

Following extensive consultations, the Vision management identified the eight themes as the major issues around which the Vision will be formulated.

These themes were Inequalities and social welfare; Political stability, peace and sustainable development; Human resources, institutional and capacity building; Macro-economic issues; Population, health and development; Natural resources and environment; Knowledge, information and technology; and Factors of the external environment.

Pohamba commended the National Planning Commission, particularly members of the Vision 2030 Technical Team and the Millennium Development Goals Guiding Coalition for “bringing us together to chart the best way forward and identify strategies that can enable us to realise the goals and objectives of Vision 2030, that is to enhance prosperity, harmony, peace and political stability in the country.”

He urged delegates to ensure that key elements of Vision 2030 were translated into tangible benefits for the Namibian people.

Amongst these goals was to eradicate poverty, reduce the rate of unemployment and provide people with social amenities such as housing, potable water, health services, quality education and to build more resilient communities.

Adding that Namibia, as part and parcel of the African continent, had a commitment to Pan-Africanism and that it should guide the county to play its role within the regional and continental contexts: “We want to strengthen and expand our communications infrastructure such as roads, harbours, airports and railway systems as a way of facilitating commercial trade within the country, SADC and other trading partners”, he said

Pohamba acknowledged the important role played by Founding President, Dr Sam Nujoma, in the formulation of Vision 2030 and paid tribute to him, saying he had provided the Namibian people with the inspiration to strive for their collective national development goals and objectives.

He concluded by stating that the interaction among all stakeholders was an opportunity to re-examine and transform the “Vision 2030 Implementation Strategy Draft Discussion Paper” into a concrete strategy

Speaking at the same occasion, Director General of the National Planning Commission, Helmut Angula urged Namibia’s development partners not to abandon the country at the critical stage when it was putting all its efforts and resources into realising the development goals set out in Vision 2030.

Angula drew attention to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness that called on donors to align their overall support and development strategies with national development strategies.

July 2006
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