||Kharas inhabitants must take full advantage of regional economy: Frederick

||Kharas Governor, Aletha Frederick on Wednesday said the inhabitants of the region have the means to take full advantage of economic opportunities in the region through socially inclusive innovation and enterprise development.

Frederick at a ceremony held to bid farewell to outgoing councillors said: “I strongly believe that the region is open for business, global trade and small and medium enterprise development like never seen before. Let us work together to capitalize on opportunities on offer to improve the living conditions of our people.”

The region, she said is a high-end profitable tax-generating area, which predominantly comes from diamond mining for the central government while the untapped potential of the region lies in the agriculture and tourism sectors with the economic sectors of mining and fishing remaining the backbone of the regional economy.

“Whilst maintaining predominantly a small stock-farming area, consisting mostly of animals such as sheep or goats, the region can become a national magnet for game farming and irrigation farming along the Naute Dam, Neckertal Dam, and the Orange River,” she said.

Meanwhile, the governor who also welcomed the new councilors at the same event, urged them (new councillors) to guard against situations of none implementation of council resolutions as the implementation of projects and programs depends greatly on such resolutions.

“Council can take good resolutions that may impact the living conditions of the people positively but if those resolutions are not implemented people will be denied of that right and benefits and that should not be allowed by all means,” she noted.

Frederick said the expectations of the communities are legitimate as they want food, water, and education for their children, good health facilities, decent shelter, toilet facilities, good roads, and access to business opportunities.

“They want to see real development in their communities and constituencies and they have high hopes that the councillors they have elected will be in the position to satisfy their expectations,” she added.

Source: Namibia Press Agency