Government brief development partners on NDP5 implementation plan
Windhoek – The Namibian National Planning Commission (NPC) intends to implement projects and programmes to the tune of N$164 billion over the entire National Development Plan 5 (NDP5) from 2017 to 2022, the Minister of Economic Planning, Tom Alweendo, announced on Wednesday.
The implementation plan contains 80 national programmes and 178 projects all covered in the NDP5’s key goals of inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth; building capable and healthy human resources; ensuring sustainable environment; and promoting good governance through effective institutions.
“The main strategies to deliver the key goals of NDP5 include increasing our investment in infrastructure development, increasing productivity in agriculture, especially for smallholder farmers; investing in quality technical skills; fostering value addition; and achieving industrial development, particularly though local procurement,” said Alweendo.
The minister was speaking during the development partners’ forum, which was attended by stakeholders such as the European Union, United Nations’ agencies, the German Development Corporation and other diplomatic missions, with the objective to brief them on the NDP5 and its implementation plan and to solicit feedback on possible areas of support.
The highlights among the Namibian government’s ambitious plan is to create 200 000 jobs over the entire NDP5 period with the secondary sector expected to contribute about a third of the total employment, while 12 percent of that is projected to come from the construction sector.
The primary industries are estimated to contribute the biggest chunk of employment of 56 percent with agriculture as the largest employer.
Speaking at the event, Dr Charles Sagoe-Moses, World Health Organisation (WHO) representative, said that they were ready to work with the Namibian government in an effective and coordinated way on how to reduce poverty and the burden of HIV, TB and malaria and work with development partners in areas of social protection.
In the area of environmental sustainability, Sagoe-Moses said that they would continue working with government to ensure that climate change bills are implemented.
“Coordinating is very important. We are seeking opportunities to do even more,” he added, emphasising the need to include private sector in the plans of the NDP5 implementation.
Stella Seibert-Palascino of German Development Cooperation said that their focal areas of development in Namibia are sustainable economic development, natural resource management and transport and a range of other projects, such as water, energy and sport.
“We have negotiations and consultations every two years and during the last government to government negotiations in 2015, an amount of 80 million Euros was availed,” she said.
This year the German and Namibian government will negotiate and consult again for the next two years on further commitments.
The EU’s Head of Cooperation, Markus Theobald, said that they did not have priority areas, but would align themselves with the priorities of the Namibian government in areas that need development.
“We will decide together how much money we will put into the sectors,” he pointed out, saying that some of the areas they have been involved in since independence are education and agriculture.
Theobald said that they have allocated 68 million Euros to spend on various support groups, which includes 8 million Euros for education, 37 million Euros in agriculture and support for civil society and other capacity building projects.
Shinichi Hamada, Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Japan, said that they have assisted Namibia in coming up with the NDP5 Master Plan especially in the transport and logistics sector.
“We want to assist Namibian government because the market here is too small,” said Hamada, adding that it might be difficult to bring in industries, but Namibia has a good concept to become a logistics hub centre in the SADC Region.
He said that they were currently sending experts to the Ministry of Works and Transport to assist with the implementation of the Master Plan and to bring business from all over the world.