Kandjoze inspects projects worth N.dollars 24 billion countrywide

National Planning Commission Director and Minister of Economic Planning Obeth Kandjoze has concluded a national tour that spans across 42 days to assess 87 government projects worth N.dollars 24 billion.

Kandjoze revealed this on Thursday when he opened the Development Partners Forum in the capital.

We undertook regional visits countrywide [to all the] 14 regions. It took us 42 days and we visited 87 projects out of 493. Those projects tallied at around something like N.dollars 24 billion, he said.

Another subject that has enjoyed the attention of Kanjdoze's office is the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Namibia.

Development finance assistance in response in response to SDG, goal number 17. [The] fourth [is the] progress made in the National Development Plan 5 (NDP 5) implementation process, he said.

Further, a Cabinet workshop is slated for 21 October 2019 under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister on the annual NDP5 report that is due for Cabinet's scrutiny.

I am hoping that we can get as much and as many of my colleagues [Cabinet ministers] to attend that event through Office of the Prime Minister, he said.

When approached by Nampa on the sidelines of the event, Kandjoze indicated that it was still premature to release the report to the media as it still has to undergo scrutiny.

He could also not give an update on the 87 projects he visited.

Let's meet and talk about it. I can give you that information but not today, he said.

Speaking at the same event, Dennie Gayle, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) representative in Namibia said the forum presents an opportunity to deliberate on issues of common interest in support of the people of Namibia.

Chiefly, she said, the recurrent drought situation � which has seen the government declare a state of emergency; the outcome of the economic summit and the progress on the implementation of NDP5 should take center-stage at the forum.

Let me remind you that as the UN system in Namibia, we have pledged our support towards the emergency back in June 2019. It gives me great pleasure to announce that an allocation of US$ 1 million [N.odllars 15,180,000.00] is being utilised by the government and the UN System to provide support to the people in need, she said.

She added they have also been able to ensure additional support valued at around N.dollars 4.6 million that will be invested primarily in education and the prevention of gender-based violence.

Source: Namibia Press Agency