Govt, private sector should collaborate against poverty

WINDHOEK: A conference on poverty eradication reiterated calls on government institutions and private sector to collaborate their interventions in the fight against social evils of poverty and hunger in the country.

The meeting also calls on all government institutions to ensure the implementation of their intervention programs and to ensure that proper and adequate basic services are being provided to all communities residing in remote areas across the country.

These are some of the recommendations taken at the just-ended conference on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication that was held under the auspices of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare here between 26 and 27 October this year (2015).

In a media statement availed to Nampa here on Thursday morning, the meeting (conference) has reiterated the needs for the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare to immediately finalise the draft policy framework on wealth redistribution and poverty eradication in order to effectively address the existing inequalities amongst the communities.

The conference’s participants, in unison, called for the immediate establishment of proper functioning food banks as well as to review and propose sustainable safety nets targeting the vulnerable people in the country.

The meeting recommended that appropriate empowerment programs for the vulnerable members of the society be designed with no further delays.

‘The meeting further reiterated and recommended that sustainable empowerment programs to redistribute the country’s wealth through ownership of resources and entities should be considered as long term solutions to poverty and hunger eradication. The conference also underscored the importance and inevitability of skills to long term poverty eradication, and called for the consideration of vocational training and skills development centers in all the country’s 14 political regions, taking into account the regions potentials and endowment, ‘ reads the conference’s recommendations.

The meeting also reiterated that investment in the country’s agricultural sector has great potential to create sustainable job opportunities, which in turn will provide some lasting solutions to the social ills of poverty amongst the people.

The conference further supported the call for the immediate allocation of the agricultural land to unemployed youth for productive agriculture and access to clean water by all communities.

Finally, the conference agreed that deprivation of communities to basic services fuels poverty, and thus calls on government institutions and the private sector to collaborate their interventions and programs in the fight against poverty and hunger in the country.

SOURCE: THE NAMIBIA PRESS AGENCY