Land resolutions expected to promote Namibia’s economic growth

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Sharon Kavhu

Windhoek - Namibian Prime Minister, Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila has said resolutions from the ongoing second National Land Issue Conference are expected to promote economic growth, create jobs and tackle the challenges of poverty and inequity.

Speaking during the official opening of the Conference on Monday, 1 October 2018, at a Windhoek hotel, Kuugongelwa-Amadhila said the conference will see several issues being discussed such as land valuation and pricing, Affirmative Action Scheme, accessibility to land by women and the youth, the land tenure system as well as land productivity.

“This Conference is intended to provide a platform for engagement on the successes recorded and challenges encountered during the implementation of the Land Reform Programme and to deliberate on ways and means to tackle the remaining challenges so that we can fully realise the transformation of the land distribution in the country and optimise benefits from the use of land to promote economic growth, create jobs and tackle the challenges of poverty and inequities,” said Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.

She said the conference comes 27 years after the first Land Conference, which was held in 1991. In the intervening period since the first Land Conference, the government has been engaged in implementing the resolutions adopted at the inaugural conference. 

During the process of implementation, the government has learnt valuable lessons some of which resulted in the adoption of new laws and policies or adjustments to existing ones in order to give effect to the resolutions of the Conference.

According to Kuugongelwa-Amadhila, these new frameworks form part of the documentation for this conference.

Several issues are set to be discussed during the five-day meeting and among them are: ancestral land rights and restitution, willing–seller, willing-buyer principle of land acquisition, national resettlement programme and resettlement criteria, land expropriation, agricultural land reform  (both commercial and communal), urban land reform, agrarian reform and removal of the veterinary cordon fence.

The second National Land Issue Conference of Namibia started on Monday, 1 October, and end on Friday.

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