…Makes more promises in NDP5
Government’s failure to account for the progress made during the fourth National Development Plan has highlighted an acute degree of monitoring and implementing programmes.
In the NDP4 Bi-annual progress report for the period October 2015 to March 2016, government conceded that it struggled to achieve several targets because of the inability of most sectors to successfully implement all planned activities has had a negative impact on the achievement of desired outcomes.
It also stressed the need for systematic planning and implementation at all levels underpinned by strong monitoring and evaluation to ensure the implementation of planned interventions.
The plan outlines 80 programmes and 171 projects for implementation in the period of between 2017 and 2022 at a cost of more than N$160 billion.
Speaking to The Patriot shortly after the launch of the long-awaited NDP5, leader of the official opposition party, McHenry Venaani said the launch of NDP5 was a “fundamental failure” as an audit was never carried out for NDP4 ahead of NDP5’s unveiling.
“The issue that is failing fundamentally is that before you launch NDP5 you should have audited NDP4 so that you can be able to calculate and calibrate as to what elements have you succeeded and what elements have you failed,” Venaani charged.
The DTA President further noted: “You relaunch a new programme in the absence of auditing the previous one. The President (Geingob) spoke about ‘We have to audit NDP4’. But the process should have started with auditing NDP4 for you to be able to create NDP5 and that has not been done.
Economic Planning Minister Tom Alweendo said “a platform will be availed to tell what happened. There is a chapter in NDP5 that talks about NDP4.”
“It will. As I said, you cannot always have all the money but we have to make do with what we have. The money we have must cater for the most important programmes. If we do not have the money we hope to get, based on our forecasts, then we have to scale down on our targets and focus on the most important ones. We need to be more effective on how we spend the money,” he said.
He added: “There are times when government does not have money, but our people think government has money all the time.”
Venaani said developmental plans have a crucial role in play guiding the social and economic trajectory of any country.
Venaani said: “Looking at a number of factors, one question arise: That is the question as to whether the timeline of achieving 2030’s industrialization is possible, I doubt. To say that Namibia is going to be industrialised by 2030, looking at the developmental trajectory, it cannot be achieved.”
Seemingly agreeing with Venaani, Namibia University of Science and Technology’s (NUST) Tjama Tjivikua hinted that poor work ethic among many Namibians will prove to be a daunting task in the successful implementation of the 5th development plan.
“A plan is only a plan on paper until it is implemented. As you could see there wasn’t any reflection of NDP4. The thing is we cannot do a reflection (on NDP4) now.
“The reflection should be done on a yearly basis. To know that you are succeeding in this particular sector so that you can put more emphasis of the sectors that are not performing well,” said Tjivikua.
Tjivikua added: “I am not sure whether the system is mature enough to achieve the goals in NDP5 and to get to 2030. In my opinion, the system is not mature enough.
The President is talking about governance and work ethic, whether our work ethic is with the plan. The plan could be here and the work somewhere else. If the plan runs by itself, it goes nowhere.”
President Hage Geingob left no stone unturned when launching Namibia’s 5th National Development Plan (NDP5) saying service mentality and work ethic among many Namibians was dying by the day.
The President called upon all those who are not in tune with working to step down and go into “early retirement” rather than occupying positions as awaiting retirement packages.
“With regard to public service delivery, government will encourage a service mentality…service mentality, it is dying. Some of us (Namibians) are just there to wait for pension. Go early (into retirement)!
Geingob added: “We will encourage work ethic to ensure availability of public service information to public and build capacity of regional and local authorities. It is only true that talking of a high standard work ethic and a culture of service delivery that we can bring a national development goals to fruition.”
In addition, Geingob called on employees in the public sector to take ownership of, scrutinize, debate and study the contents of the newly launched development plan.
“At the ministries, instead of going for lunch, take one chapter (from NDP5), one of you can present it. Sit down and debate, engage. We are wasting too much time walking around. Let us read.
“Let’s read and carry out. Governors, you are too far I want to see you. I am saying this because some of the governors petition me in the regions, they don’t represent me,” concluded Geingob.
In a nutshell, information availed by the National Planning Commission shows that NDP5 is founded on the successes and achievements, and recognises the challenges experienced during the implementation of the previous four national development plans that came before it.
More so, NDP5 was not formulated in isolation as it was informed by global, continental, regional development and national development frameworks.
In addition, the formulation of NDP5 embraced the concept of partnership in the advancement of Namibia’s national development. The plan was formulated through extensive consultations with a wide variety of stakeholders, from local, regional and national representatives, private sector and Namibia’s development partners.
Speaking at the launch, Economic Planning Minister Tom Alweendo described NDP5 as an inclusive plan in which “no Namibian will feel left out” as it is informed by all 14 regions in Namibia, civic organizations and the general public who were presented with an opportunity to make contributions when the plan was still in its draft format.
“The most important lessons we learned during the implementation of NDP4 is that a plan is an effective development tool only when it has a broad ownership from the various stakeholders. We also learned that plan implementation will be more effective only when the potential beneficiaries, especially those that might be required to implement the plan, have helped to shape such a plan,” said Alweendo.
In addition, NDP5 has four key objectives, namely:
Achieve inclusive, sustainable and equitable economic growth,
Build capable and healthy human resources;
Ensure sustainable environment and enhance resilience; and
Promote good governance through effective institutions
The NDP5 policy document outlines the desired outcomes and strategies and is accompanied by an implementation plan.
In a statement this week, Spokesperson in the Economic Planning Ministry Fillemon Nangonya said: “The implementation plan outlines the costed programmes and projects that will ensure the implementation of the identified strategies for each focus area in NDP5 and the achievement of the desired outcomes. It further contains the implementation tracking tables, which lay out indicators and indicator targets for each of the identified programmes and projects that will form the basis for monitoring.”
Moreover, presenting NDP5 at State House, Chief National Development Advisor at National Planning Commission Planning Sylvester Mbangu described the plan as Namibia’s pathway towards the realization of Vision 2030.
Mbangu said Namibia seeks to achieve sustainable development and equitable growth through the newly unveiled plan.
Under economic progression, government has vowed to put in place conditions that are conducive for the country’s economic growth in an attempt to lift the masses out of poverty.
In the same light, by 2022 (culmination of NDP5) government intends to increase the contribution of the manufacturing sector from N$17.8 billion in 2015 to N$20.6 towards the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). More so, during the same period, government has declared to raise food production by 30%. At the moment, the drought stricken agriculture sector has experienced a decline in individual food security from 25% in 2016 to 12% in the current year. Namibia has experienced optimal rainfalls in the 2016/17 rainy season, something that may play an important role in improving food security levels.
Similarly, there are broader goals that seek to achieve under economic progression that include among others value addition to raw materials (from agriculture, fisheries and minerals).