Regional governors urged to facilitate socio-economic developmen

WINDHOEK: Minister of Regional and Local Government, Housing and Rural Development (MRLGHRD) Charles Namoloh has urged regional governors to deepen and sustain Namibia’s socio-economic performance by harnessing science, technology and innovation.

Namoloh said during the reviewing of the relationship between regional governors and the NAMSOV Community Trust (NCT) here on Thursday this will be achieved by training people, investing in technological innovation, facilitating technology transfer, research and development.

He said eradicating poverty requires that opportunities be created for the poor to create wealth for themselves.

This entails building up the capital assets of the poor, redistributing natural assets, constructing and maintaining infrastructure and promoting knowledge and health in the regions, therefore reducing economic inequalities.

“A key strategy in eradicating poverty is facilitating the empowerment of poor people by laying the political and legal basis for inclusive development, promoting public administrations that foster economic growth and equity, promoting inclusive decentralization and community development, promoting gender equity addressing social barriers and supporting poor people’s social capital,” he said.

He noted that governors should go out to the regions and establish coping mechanisms consistent with poverty reduction strategies, to ensure that there are sufficient, integrated, efficient and cost effective infrastructure systems that will support and sustain regional economic development.

“The world economic crisis affected the poorest of poor people all over Africa.

“Food prices are expensive for the poor and there have been serious concerns about food security for the man on the street,” he said.

Namoloh noted that Namibia needs an accelerated and inclusive economic growth that is underpinned by rapid agricultural productivity, industrialization, value addition and regional integration.

This will also require infrastructure transformation in energy, transportation, water and telecommunication, he said.