(Xinhua) -- The Namibian Ministry of
Education, Arts and Culture is undertaking a public expenditure
review to ensure that the ministry has efficiency measures in
place to promote funds accountability for value addition amidst
This was revealed by Minister Katrina
Hanse-Himarwa on Wednesday at the National Assembly during her
budget motivation speech.
According to Hanse-Himarwa, in spite of the negative effects
of the budget cuts, the ministry fully supports the objective of
fiscal consolidation as a catalyst to financial sustainability
in the long run.
However, the budget cuts will negatively affect the
implementation of the information communication technology (ICT)
programme, especially the roll out of ICT equipment to
educational institutions, she said.
"Deployment of information communication technology to
schools is still a difficult process because most of the schools
are not electrified in rural areas and low internet connectivity
remains a challenge," she said.
The ministry’ budget ceiling was reduced by 3 percent, from
12.3 billion Namibian dollars in the 2016/17 financial year, to
11.9 billion Namibian dollars (910 million U.S. dollars) in
2017/18 financial year.
As part of the review process, set to be concluded later in
the year, the ministry has reduced and in some cases ceased
non-productive expenditures such as travelling allowances,
furniture procurement and overtime.
The recruitment process, according to Hanse-Himarwa, is also
closely monitored to ensure that only critical and budgeted
vacancies are filled and secondly to ensure that the wage bill
that is taking 85 percent of the ministerial budget allocation
is not expanded.
Namibian president warns
against youth unemployment
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibian President Hage Geingob
on Wednesday said the youth unemployment had the potential to
undermine the peace and stability of the country.
Speaking at the State of the Nation address at parliament,
Geingob said the insufficient job creation was attributable to
investment flows that are largely concentrated in the resource
sector and capital-intensive industries.
Currently the country’s unemployment rate stands at 39.2
The president said that one key strategy the government is
deploying to arrest the youth unemployment is promotion of
high-quality vocational education and skills training.
He said last year, more than 24,000 students were enrolled in
vocational institutions against the 16,000 that were targeted
Namibia facing skills
shortage in health sector
WINDHOEK Namibia (Xinhua) --
Namibian President Hage Geingob said the country continued to
face acute shortages of skills and experience, especially in the
Speaking at the State of the Nation address on Wednesday, he
said in the public health sector, the per capita ratio of
doctors is one to every 5,092 people while that of a registered
nurse is one to 914 people.
This is against the World Health Organization’s benchmark of
one doctor or one nurse per 435 people.
Geingob said that the Medical School at the University of
Namibia is one of many investments in ensuring the provision of
The school produced its first ever set of graduates last year
with about 35 students graduating out of the 57 who enrolled in
2010 when the school started.
Namibian deputy PM calls
China true friend of developing countries
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
China is a true friend of developing
countries, said Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of
International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah,
as she welcomed more Chinese investment in the southwestern
Ndaitwah made the remarks at a press conference here on
Wednesday after she concluded what she described as an important
three-day visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Foreign
Minister Wang Yi.
Ndaitwah said the main purpose of her visit was to discuss
with the Chinese side a range of bilateral, regional and
international issues of mutual interest and common concern.
"As a developing country, China is very much aware of the
concerns and aspirations of other developing countries,"
Ndaitwah said, adding her country is truly grateful that China
continues to be a true and trusted all-weather friend.
In 2016, Namibia declared a state of emergency after
experiencing a devastating drought that caused tremendous
hardship to its people.
China responded by donating 4,000 tons of rice to Namibia and
pledged a further consignment worth 20 million RMB (around 3
million U.S. dollars).
"This is a testimony of a strong relationship China has
proven on multiple times that it is a true friend of developing
countries," Ndaitwah said.
She urged the two countries to step up economic cooperation,
especially in investment and trade in areas of manufacturing,
value addition, agriculture, among others.
She also invited Chinese businesses to forge joint ventures
with Namibian companies.
"Chinese people are always welcome to visit Namibia not only
for conferences and business, but also as tourists," she added.
Chinese state councilor
meets Namibian deputy PM
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with
Namibian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International
Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Tuesday.
Yang said China had always viewed Namibia as an important
cooperative partner and one of the priorities of its African
Hailing the sound development of bilateral ties in recent
years, Yang hoped that the two sides could give play to the
advantages of political mutual trust, traditional friendship and
economic complementarity, to comprehensively deepen mutually
beneficial cooperation and better serve the interests of their
Ndaitwah said Namibia and China enjoy a long history of
Namibia is ready to work with China to enhance mutually
beneficial cooperation and strengthen coordination in
international affairs, so as to jointly safeguard the just
rights and interests of developing nations, said Ndaitwah.
Foreign Minister Wang Yi also met with Ndaitwah earlier