Namibia's Outgoing Cabinet makes last call

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Thando Mnkandhla

Windhoek-The outgoing Namibian cabinet sat for the last time on Tuesday to make their final cabinet resolutions.

Cabinet approved the Public Sector Innovation Policy (PSIP). The policy aims to stimulate, promote and nurture creativity and innovation in order to improve the efficiency and effectiveness with which the public service and those who operate within that space deliver the requisite public service. Through this policy the government intends to critically build human capital within the public service that will drive top notch innovation.

Upon receiving the report on the Ordinary Session of the African Union, which was held from the 9th to the 10th of February this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the cabinet put to task a few ministries inline with the outcomes of the report.

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation is to start with the necessary preparations to ensure effective Chairmanship of the All in 2025 on behalf of the SADC region, and it's membership to the Peace and Security Council in 2020.

The Defence ministry was recommended to continue implementing the "Silence of the Guns" initiative, which intends to achieve peace, and an end to conflict, extremism and conflict in Africa. On the other hand, the Mines and Energy ministry is to identify bankable projects for submission to the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) for funding.

An agreement between the governments of Botswana and Namibia on bilateral agreements and mutual legal assistance in criminal matters was noted. In acknowledgement of this agreement, authorisation was granted to the responsible ministers to table the said Agreement in the National Assembly for formal consent.

Speaking at the 4th and final media briefing on Cabinet Resolutions for the current government, the Minister of Information, Communication and Technology, Stanley Simataa expressed gratitude to the people of Namibia as well as the media for their support during their time in office. "Thank you for corporation during our tenure extended to us, and the media for your diligence in conveying key decisions taken by the government on quite a range of issues." he said.

The current Namibian cabinet officially dissolves to pave way for a new government on the day of the inauguration of President Hage Geingob, which is also set for Saturday 21 March. The president is expected to announce a new one in due time.

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