The forum aimed to “ensure effectiveness of development assistance in support of the [Government’s] national development plans [and the Harambee Prosperity plan], especially in line with [newly] adopted continental and international development agendas, such as the Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” (Press Release, UN System and GRN).
Hon. Tom Alweendo, the Minister of Economic Planning and Director-General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), opened the Forum by recognizing the continued support of development partners and the successes of Namibia since Independence.
He then said, “Despite achievements, there is no doubt that [Namibia is] a developing economy and country,” emphasizing that Namibia needs to address income inequality and youth unemployment as well as to promote economic growth.
Namibia’s strategy going forward, Hon. Alweendo said, is to transform economy through #industrialisation.
The UNRC to Namibia Ms. Kiki Gbeho echoed Hon. Alweendo and emphasized the importance of partnerships for development, saying, “The benefits of coordination cannot be overstated.” She said that with partnership, Namibia can become a country where “no one is left behind.”
Mr. J. Ashipala of the NPC gave an informative presentation on Namibia’s Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) Review as well as outlined the key priorities of Namibia’s Fifth National Development Plan (NDP5) which is currently in the works.
He outlined NDP5’s goals, including: high, sustainable and inclusive economic growth; employment creation; poverty eradication; and to address income inequality.
The attendees of the Forum then participated in a high-level discussion on ‘enhanced partnerships toward inclusive and sustainable growth and prosperity for Namibia’ with a panel consisting of representatives from a variety of sectors.
The panelists included: Ms. Jana Hybaskova, EU Ambassador; Mr. Leonard Kamwi, Public Policy Advisor for the Namibia Competition Commission (NaCC); Mr. Sandi Tjaronda, Board Chariperson of NANGOF; Dr. Tjama Tjivikua, VC of Namibia University of Science and Technology – NUST; Dr. Jacob Nyambe, Dean of Faculty of Economics University of Namibia; and Stella Seibert-Palascino from the German Embassy.