Sacu Important to Namibia

THE new SACU Executive Secretary was introduced to President Hifikepunye Pohamba by Minister of Finance, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila in Windhoek last week.

The ministry of finance is directly responsible for the SACU Portfolio within the Namibian government.

In her introduction the minister mentioned that SACU was very important to Namibia for the role it plays in regional integration within Southern Africa, the greater Africa as well as global. This therefore translates to the importance that Namibia regards the appointment of Paulina Elago to the position of leading such a critical organisation, more so because of her being a national of Namibia.

The Minister then went on to reaffirm the government’s confidence in Elago’s ability to lead the organisation and build up on the foundation that has already been laid. This, she said, was drawn from Elago’s experience which spans over a period of 20 years in the area of trade and regional integration issues.

As a former chief trade negotiator for Namibia, with over 20 years’ experience, she possesses the qualities, skills and expertise required for the job. She already has a good understanding of SACU, its dynamics and history-having been involved in the renegotiations of the 1969 agreement, which culminated in the SACU Agreement of 2002, which now she will have to implement as part of her mandate.

Pohamba said the government has placed a high regard on the work of SACU and they have high expectations.

Elago thanked the government for supporting her candidature during the recruitment process for the position.

Source : The Namibian