Pohamba appealed for reclassification of Namibia

WINDHOEK: President Hifikepunye Pohamba has called on the United Nations to assist Namibia in its endeavour to be reclassified from an upper-middle income to a low-income country.

Pohamba made this call at State House during official talks with United Nations (UN) Secretary-General (SG) Ban Ki-moon, who is in the country on a two-day official visit.

Namibia, like many other developing countries, is grappling with challenges of poverty, high levels of unemployment and under-development.

“Our efforts towards improving the living conditions of our people are, however, frustrated by Namibia’s classification as an upper-middle income country on the basis of its per capita income only,” Pohamba indicated.

He said given the country’s history of apartheid colonialism which enforced segregation and inequality in the Namibian society, the per capita income is not a true reflection of the socio-economic reality in Namibia, as it does not take into account the skewed income distribution inherited from the past.

“Our Government remains committed to the improvement of the social and economic conditions of our people.

In this regard, we deeply appreciate the support we continue to receive from the United Nations and its Agencies,” said the Namibian Head of State.

After the official talks, Ban officially commissioned the UN House in the capital.

The UN House in Namibia hosts 12 agencies, funds and programmes, which work in collaboration with the Namibian Government.

On Wednesday, the UN SG will visit key landmarks – including the Heroes’ Acre – for a special wreath-laying ceremony.

Ban will leave for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea on Wednesday afternoon to attend the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU).

He will address the Summit on Thursday, and furthermore hold bilateral meetings with Heads of State and other high-ranking officials.