Dos Santos’ retirement changes nothing, and everything, in Angola

Dos Santos’ retirement changes  nothing, and everything, in Angola

The state media in Angola announced that President Jose Eduardo dos Santos would step down from office before the presidential election in August 2017. It is difficult to overstate the significance of this announcement. Dos Santos has ruled Angola for 37 years, becoming Africa’s longest-serving leader in the process. It is almost impossible to imagine […]

Tribute to El Commandate Fidel Castro

Tribute to El Commandate Fidel Castro

For many in Africa, Fidel Castro was a champion of the Third World, an advocate of socio-economic justice, vanguard of African liberation and model of people-centred leadership. To me, he is one of the icon and intellectual towering figure, a selfless leader and resilient fighter for social justice who defined the last part of the […]

The Office of the Prime Minister’s achievements in 2016

An application for forestry permit (collecting wood or harvesting plantation and trees) has been reduced from 50 days to seven days while an application for a taxi permit has been reduced from 12 months to 30 days. Major highlights for 2016 The Performance Management System (PMS) has been institutionalized across the Namibian public sector. Cabinet […]

A Girls Guide to Boardroom Table-Building

A Girls Guide to Boardroom Table-Building

I am an entrepreneur, which means that I am no longer in the shadow of a big corporate logo or under the burden of a fancy title. However, I still remember and see, clearly, the inherent disparity in female representation on boards of directors and executive management for corporations and conglomerates. My years spent inside […]

Namibia’s Logistics Master Plan is for connection with reliable transport to all her neighbours.

Namibia’s Logistics Master Plan is for connection with reliable transport to all her neighbours.

It is a fact that transport is a prerequisite for sustainable development, as it allows the safe and efficient movement of people and goods from production areas to industrial centres for value addition, distribution and consumption. Transport is critical for both rural and urban development. Commercial farmers and small-scale farmers in rural areas will need […]

Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food

Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food

Low yield growth, increasing food insecurity, climate change and massive population growth are the four factors that will determine the shape of Africa over the next century. Even if countries on the continent are successful in negotiating more favourable trade conditions and introduce policy reforms, Africa will still need to produce more food. To do […]

Putting into practice the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

Putting into practice the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

I want to start with thanking the Paris Club for having invited Namibia to partake in this Forum and share our thoughts about this very relevant topic, that is “putting into practice the Addis Ababa Action Agenda: Trends in official debt and towards operational principles for sustainable financing for development”. It is an honour to […]

Delighted to see French companies doing business in Namibia

Delighted to see French companies doing business in Namibia

It is a great pleasure for me to address such a distinguished gathering of eminent French captains of Commerce and Industry. At the outset, I would like to thank MEDEF for inviting me to interact with you this morning. Your Federation, has played a very significant role in France’s industrial and economic development. Namibia, as […]

Who owns Rooibos tea patent rights – San and Khoi or settler farmers?

Who owns Rooibos tea patent rights – San and Khoi or settler farmers?

There are political, environmental and social controversies associated with that most delectable of South African beverages: rooibos tea. The industry is based upon Aspalathus linearis, a leguminous plant from the Fabaceae family that occurs only in South Africa’s fynbos region. The debate enfolds both the plant itself and the traditional use and knowledge that fostered […]

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