Presidential Advisors consult Public Enterprises CEOs on Harambee Prosperity Plan II

With the aim to keep Chief Executive Officers of Public Enterprises abreast with Government’s latest developmental plans, Presidential Advisors presented the Harambee Prosperity Plan II (HPPII 2021-2025) to members of the Public Enterprises Chief Executive Officers’ Forum in Windhoek recently.

As presented, the HPPII consists of mainly five key pillars with each pillar having specific goals that the Public Enterprises in collaboration with the private sector should seek to achieve. These pillars are namely: 1) Effective Governance, 2) Economic Advancement, 3) Social Progression, 4) Infrastructure Development and 5) International Relations. These were presented by Presidential Press Secretary Dr Alfredo Hengari, Presidential Advisor on Constitutional Affairs and Private Sector Interface Ms Inge Zaamwani, Youth Matters and Enterprise Development Advisor Ms Daisry Mathias and Economic Advisor Mr James Mnyupe.

Speaking on the Economic Advancement pillar, Ms Daisry Mathias mentioned that there is emerging interest in Namibia’s potential to become a green hydrogen producer and this can have a trickling down effect on the agricultural sector in particular with the creation of ammonia-based fertilizers and subsequent job creation. She further elaborated on the Social Progression pillar of HPPII stating that increased land delivery and housing for Namibians are a key focus point for the nation’s leadership, as this will go a long way in addressing social issues facing many Namibians.

At the same occasion, Press Secretary Dr Alfredo Hengari also cited the importance of International Relations and how it relates to the overall development of the nation, and the role it plays in HPPII. He stated that Namibia generally has a smaller footprint internationally, compared to South Africa with a far greater footprint continentally. He attributed this to the difference in the scale of the economies between the two countries. In addition, Dr Hengari also emphasized that Namibia should learn from other countries and cited the rise of Singapore as an example that should be emulated. He added that plans are underway to address the classification of Namibia as a middle-income country, which he says has been a hindrance for Namibia in getting aid and loans as the current classification does not avail to the country.
In conclusion, public enterprises were advised to integrate HPPII into their strategies going forward in order ensure the overall success of Government’s agenda towards economic recovery and inclusive growth for the country over the next five years.