POOR GOVERNANCE IMPEDING AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT, SAYS NAMIBIAN PRESIDENT

Namibian President Hage Geingob says ineffective governance and a lack of accountability and transparency are impeding the pace of development in African countries.

Speaking during the opening of the 14th United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) conference in Nairobi on Monday, he added that Namibia hoped to become the most accountable and transparent nation in Africa by 2020, hence the implementation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP).

"In international organizations there is a trust deficit because there is no transparency in some cases," noted Geingob, who added that the level of trust between politicians and citizens globally had declined tremendously.

"Therefore, we must govern in partnership at international level. True partnership must be based on equality in relationships."

Geingob said accountability and transparency were the pillars of trust for the electorate.

"If people believe what leaders are promising and where trust levels are high, it becomes easier to rally behind a common purpose, thereby improving the pace of implementation," he added.

"That is why in Namibia, ministers are entering into performance contracts for the sake of accountability and transparency."

As part of their performance agreements, public office bearers in Namibia are required to submit quarterly performance reports.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK