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Pledges energise new initiatives

Pledges energise new initiatives

Gert Jacobie
THE Ohangwena Region is next in line to receive intense attention, with a ministerial visit this weekend to survey the consequences of the severe drought suffered in all corners of the country.

Pictured: Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta. Photo: Contributed

Minister of the Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, and other politicians are visiting the area east of Eenhana from Friday onwards to assess especially the availability of potable water for human consumption, as well as fast tracking the unlocking of the huge Ohangwena II aquifer for immediate use by the community and farmers with animals in distress amidst the dead of the dry season.
He said this week this is part of the Town Hall initiatives and that new boreholes, the rehabilitation of existing water points and installation of large water tanks will enjoy the delegation attention this weekend.
Minister Shifeta and other high rankers in Government seems re-energized by the outcome of the recently concluded High Profile Summit in Windhoek where massive direct investment initiatives were pledged by a number players, least of which was government-institution like the GIPF, local regional and international financiers and investors.
This time around pledges of investment seems to have centred around mass housing, with particularly GIPF set to become a big player in the industry.
Of particular interest is the announcement of the chairman of the high profile committee, Mr. Johannes Gawaxab, and investors around FDI in green energy, a possible oil refinery near Walvis Bay, desalination of up to 30 000 cubic metres of sea water daily for the harbour town and another power plant in the area.
Tourism was also high on the list at the gift list at the summit before the weekend, while precious little was said about farming and agri-business.
An Investors Road Show, led by President Hage Geingob and his committee of economic champions is slated for next year after general elections in November this year. Those plans very much hinges of the outcome of national exercise at the polling station later this year.
As a favourable outcome from the summit, farmers suffering severely from the current drought, it was announced yesterday that the dreaded sheep marketing scheme run by the Meat Board of Namibia, is cancelled forthwith and with immediate effect. The scheme allowed sheep farmers to export one live sheep for every one sheep marketed locally. Now the borders are open for live exports to whatever markets are available to farmers. This move was widely welcomed.

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