N.dollars 23 million arts centre opened in Swakopmund

WALVIS BAY: The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Namibia on Thursday inaugurated a N.dollars 23 million arts and crafts centre at Swakopmund.

The centre has an amphitheatre for cultural performances, as well as facilities for conferences, training, and the production of leather crafts, object making, jewellery and performing arts.

It also houses a restaurant, fine arts gallery, playground, food stalls, sculpture garden, small retail shops and an information centre.

Approximately N.dollars 33 million was further invested in purchasing mobile units for a Community Skills’ Development Centre (COSDEC) installation of electrical equipment and tools, furniture and other equipment.

Speaking to Nampa shortly after the official opening ceremony, MCA-Namibia’s public outreach manager Rosa Hamukuaja-Thobias said this centre is one of the many projects implemented by the MCA in Namibia.

Hamukuaja-Thobias said the last centre would be inaugurated in Gobabis on 24 November.

“MCA will close doors in Namibia on 14 January 2014, so the Gobabis project will be the last one,” she said.

Other COSDECs were constructed and renovated at Ondangwa, Tsumeb, Otjiwarongo, Opuwo, and Rundu.

It forms part of the ‘compact’, an agreement into by the Namibian Government and the United States of America in 2009.

As part of the five-year agreement, the United States availed more than N.dollars 3 billion for the reduction of poverty through economic growth.

The agreement targeted the acceleration of development in three main sectors – tourism, agriculture and education – which it intends to use as catalysts for socio-economic development.

The compact was signed on 16 September 2008 and implemented in 2009. It ended in September this year.