The Minister of Economic Planning in the Presidency and Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Hon. Tom Alweendo, representing the Government of the Republic of Namibia, and the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to Namibia, Ambassador Raul Fuentes Milani on behalf of the EU, will sign the National Indicative Programme (NIP) today, the 12th of May 2015 at the National Planning Commission.
The NIP includes indicative financial resources amounting to €68 million which the EU will make available to the Republic of Namibia for the period 2015-2020. The NIP will focus on two focal sectors, Education and Skills and Agriculture. In terms of Education the objective of the support will be to improve social skills and competencies of children entering primary education and to bring the Namibian labour market more and better qualified workers to meet specific demands. Furthermore it is foreseen to strengthen the vocational education system. As for Agriculture the objective is to improve wealth created from the natural resource based sectors in a sustainable way to address issues of poverty and unemployment and explore possible transition to a “green economy”. Funding has also been set aside to support the capacity of civil society organisations to engage as effective partners.
The programming exercise for the NIP has been guided by Namibia’s 4th National Development Plan and the EU Agenda for Change. Namibia’s 4th National Development Plan focuses on areas with a direct link to economic growth, employment creation and income equality as a strategy for addressing poverty and unemployment. On this basis the EU and Member States with a presence in Namibia, in consultation with the Namibian Government and its Civil Society Organisations prepared a “Joint EU Response Strategy for Namibia” that was adopted in November 2013. The selection of sectors in this NIP has been guided by this Joint EU Response Strategy.
“We want to support Namibia’s development as the Namibian government sees it and align our resources along Namibia’s development priorities”, said the Head of the EU Delegation to Namibia Raul Fuentes Milani. On the side of Namibian Government, Hon. Tom Alweendo said: “We are thankful to the EU for supporting our development programs and this support comes at an opportune time where the current administration is about delivering prosperity to the people of Namibia”.