Friday 18 June 2021
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Schlettwein appoints PPP Committee and NamRa Board

The Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein has publicly announced the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Finance, the seven members of the Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) committee members and the Board of Directors of Namibia Revenue Agency (NamRa) during a press conference.
The Finance Minister has appointed the Founder and Leap Investments Strategic Director, Ally Angula as the Ministry’s Deputy Permanent Secretary.
The Minister said that the PPP appointments are in line with the Public-Private Partnerships Act No. 4 of 2017.
Schlettwein said that transparent processes were followed in the appointment of the PPP committee members.
He also added that the appointment of the PPP committee was also approved and endorsed by the Cabinet Committee on Overall Policy and Priorities.
The PPP Committee will be chaired by Ally Angula and other members of the committee are the Chief Accountant in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Helen Amupolo, Price waterhouse Coopers (PwC) Country Senior Partner, Nangula Uaandja, Annely Julia Haiphene, Namibian Novelist, Steve Galloway, James Myupe and former Chief Executive Officer of E-Bank, Michael Mukete.
Schlettwein stated that the PPP committee shall be responsible for appraising documentations at various stages of a Public-Private Partnerships projects lifecycle and opine on transaction approvals in line with provisions of the PPP Act.
He added that the PPP Committee will also advise the Minister on policies relating to Public-Private Partnerships.
Schlettwein encourages the PPP committee to observe the principles of accessibility, quality of service, transparency, consultation, participation, information, value for money, non-discrimination, accountability and helpfulness as they perform their function efficiently and effectively as well as meeting their responsibilities and obligations as prescribed by the Act.
Financing a project through PPP can allow projects to be concluded sooner, adding that the government is in dire need of financial solutions from the private sector, he alluded.
He urged the Committee to be acquainted and up to date with the content and context of the PPP Act in order to avoid misunderstandings and misinterpretation which can be detrimental to the PPP agenda of the government.
The Committee commenced its work on 01 December 2018 and the contractual agreement runs for three years.
The Ministry is also hopeful that there will be improvements in terms of Governance structures and the application of the principles in the preparation of PPP projects.
Ally Angula says she feels honoured to start her tenure as a Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Finance Ministry and she is ready to serve the ministry to the best of her abilities.
Helen Amupolo promised to bring her enormous experience to the committee and make sure that the Private Public Partnership yields the intended results.
Steve Galloway introduced himself as a ‘simple Farmer’ and geologist but he applauded the ministry for the opportunity and promised to work hard.
The Minister thanked James Myupe for availing his service to the ministry and believes that the committee is the strongest that the country has appointed, saying it is important for the development of this nation.
He confidently said that the ministry has made a right choice and he is confident that the committee will deliver admirable and rewarding services to the nation.
Schlettwein stressed that they have lined up a couple of projects such as water provision and desalination, health projects and public infrastructure.
The Finance Minister said that there are ‘no silver bullets’ on how the government is going to fund these projects and he expects the Committee to be a brilliant success.
He added that each member of the PPP will have a different character and he expects them to render services which are reliable and affordable.
The function of PPP is to leverage private capital for development and the government’s role is to make sure those projects kick-off in a spectacular fashion, he stated.
As part of his agenda, the Finance Minister has introduced a former Commissioner of Revenue, former founding Board Chair of Namfisa and former Managing Director of NamibRe, Anna Nakale Kawana as the Chairperson of NamRa, deputised by Stefan Hugo, a tax expert, chartered accountant and former tax practice leader.
Other NamRa appointees include the Human Resources Expert of the Bank of Namibia, Shirene Bumpton, the Head of the ICT Quality Assurance and Skills Development at the Office of the Prime Minister, Melanie Tjienda and the former Deputy Director of the Financial Intelligence Centre and former public Prosecutor, Advocate Dennis Khama.
He added that Khama’s immense experience in the legal fraternity as well as his hands-on experience in the financial sector’s interconnectedness will be of significant value to NamRa.
The Minister said that NamRa is an integral part of the organisational and policy reform in the Ministry of Finance.
Schlettwein encouraged the Board members to implement procurement law and the modernisation of the tax system through the introduction of a new Integrated Tax System (ITAS).
NamRa is a macro-critical institution which will be responsible for the collection of the revenue for the state, administration of tax, customs and excise laws and efficient provision of taxpayer services, Schlettwein revealed.
“NamRa is being established against the backdrop of a rather enviable revenue collection record of 32% of the Gross Domestic Products (GDP), inclusive of SACU receipts or some 22.1% less SACU remittances.
Last year, the Receiver was able to recover N$1.3 billion tax arrears of which about N$2.59 billion principal tax liability to the state remains outstanding” he stressed.
The taxpayer and traders communities increasingly need more efficient and effective taxpayer services, most notably the ease of paying taxes and simplicity of self-assessment through e-filing services.
The formation of NamRa seeks to improve operational efficiency through the injection of more specialised skills, leveraging digital technology and a more robust performance driven culture.
The government does not have the means to recover from bad disasters.
The Minister also added that NamRa has an obligation to oversee the process of recruitment of the NamRa Commissioner by January 2019.
The Board is also tasked to supervise the recruitment of the senior management of the institution, staffing of the organisational structure development and adopting the Strategic and Business Plan for the Revenue Agency.
The NamRa has the function of managing the implementation of a healthy stakeholder engagement and change of management process for a smooth transition to the new institution.
The Minister encourages the new board members to remove corruption in the system immediately and effectively.
“A new institution can never be an old institution with better salaries. It cannot perform”, Finance Minister said.
Finance Permanent Secretary Penda Ithindi expressed his delight towards the appointment of both PPP Committee and NamRa Board of Directors and welcomed the valuable addition made by the ministry.

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