These are the decisions made at the 14th Decision Making Cabinet meeting held on Tuesday 16 August 2016, as announced by the Minister of Information and Communication Technology Tjekero Tweya.
Report on the Summit of the African Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) Heads of State and Government, Papa Porte Moresby, New Guinea. Submitted by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.
Cabinet approved the Namibian Government to implement the following Resolutions:
Support the continuation of the African Caribbean and Pacific Group (ACP) with a mandate that is limited to the three broad areas as identified in the Eminent Persons Group Report;
Continue participating in the reflections on the future framework that will define this relationship as well as actively participate during the negotiations;
Support, in principle, the establishment of the Endowment Fund, for the continued operations of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group;
Namibia plays her role in future negotiations of the post-2010 framework Agreement, to ensure that the country’s interests are reflected in the post-2020 Framework Agreement.
Blueprint on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication in Namibia. Submitted by the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare (to be announced in consultation with the line ministry)
Cabinet approved the Blueprint on Wealth Redistribution and Poverty Eradication in Namibia, as a policy document containing interventions to address poverty:
Cabinet directed Offices/Ministries/Agencies be directed to support this Blueprint and to take responsibility for the interventions under their respective mandates and to ensure that they avail resources to implement the approved interventions; and
Cabinet supported the planned workshop by the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, in consultation with other Offices/Ministries/Agencies, to develop an implementation matrix, and to further ensure support and cooperation with the implementing Offices/ Ministries/Agencies and other entities.
Water Scarcity in the Central Areas of Namibia as a Result of the Prevailing Drought. Submitted by the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (to be announced in consultation with the line Ministry):
Cabinet endorsed the following water saving measures for immediate implementation at all Government and related institutions:
All Offices/Ministries/Agencies are instructed to use their maintenance budget to repair leaks and to fix faulty plumbing contributing to water losses with the assistance of the City of Windhoek technical team;
All Offices/Ministries/Agencies are instructed to appoint one to two water marshal, who will be solely responsible to identify and report the water leakages within the Ministries;
All Offices/Ministries/Agencies through the water marshals are instructed to conduct regular maintenance in their water reticulation system to detect and fix leaks. Regular (minimum weekly) supply metering to ensure the early detection of water loss;
All Offices/Ministries/Agencies are instructed to participate in a staff water education campaigns to educate their staff members on basic water conservation, saving and demand management;
Where Offices/Ministries/Agencies lack technical capacity to carry out maintenance, such skills should be developed and capacity built;
The Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry be granted permission to conduct routine water leakage inspections and assessments in all public institutions in Windhoek and other towns that fall within the central areas of Namibia water supply system, for the purpose of this water saving campaign;
Cabinet supported the water saving campaign that will accompany the proposed project; and
Cabinet authorized water campaigns to be carried out in Windhoek and other towns that are connected to the same water supply system, and in future be rolled out to other regions.
Charter for Hunting, Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Protection in Africa. Submitted by the Minister of Environment and Tourism:
Cabinet authorized the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to sign the Charter for Hunting, Wildlife Conservation and Habitat Protection in Africa;
Cabinet directed the Ministry of Environment and Tourism to take a leading role to ensure that the Charter is signed by the Governments of Mozambique, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe; and
Cabinet further authorized the Minister/Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism to travel to the respective countries, as a special envoy to facilitate the signing process.
Hosting of the 12th Meeting of the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC), 10-12 October 2016. Submitted by the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation:
Cabinet authorized the Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation to host the 12th Meeting of the African Regional Labour Administration Centre (ARLAC) Committee for Senior Officials from 10-12 October 2016, at Walvis Bay, Namibia.
Hosting of the African Drought Conference In Windhoek, Country Club Resort, 15-19 August 2016. Submitted by the Minister of Environment and Tourism:
Cabinet take note of the upcoming Africa Drought Conference scheduled for 15-19 August 2016 at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino; and
Cabinet approved for all Cabinet members to attend the high level segment of this Conference on 18 August 2016.
Namibia Identity Management Ssystem Analysis Report. Submitted by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration:
Cabinet took note of the above-mentioned Report and authorized the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration to table it in the National Assembly.
Migration in Namibia: Country Profile, 2015. Submitted by the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration:
Cabinet took note of the Country Migration Profile, 2015, and authorized the Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration to table it in the National Assembly.