Namibia seeks partners in rural schools ICT programme
DEVELOPMENT| July 3, 2013, 11:27 a.m.
The Namibian government aims to embark on a programme to take ICTs to isolated rural schools, and is seeking investment partners to support the plan.
This emerged at the Namibian Investment Seminar staged for potential investors at Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg, South Africa, yesterday.
Education is an important focus area in the Namibian Government’s development plan, said Tuaundamuje Keeja, Deputy Director, Corporate Planning at the Ministry of Education. He highlighted an initiative aiming to deliver ICTs to rural schools not supported by the national power or communications grid.
Keeja cited projects such as the solar-powered container ICT lab concept, which is making ICTs available to underserved schools. “It is difficult for us as a Ministry to provide ICT services to all schools, but we want to connect all schools for the benefit of Namibia’s children.”
The investment seminar also noted that Namibian industry is set to boom on a number of fronts, particularly in light of its major port expansions, new mining potential and ambitious agro-processing goals.
Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry, Tweya Tjekero, and High Commissioner Marten N. Kapewesha headed a panel of sector authorities to outline the multiple investment opportunities available to South African and international investors.
The Deputy Minister noted that while Namibia’s population is small, its mineral resources, stability and solid economic growth positioned the country as a significant investment destination. “Namibia is the gateway to the SADC region, through the Walvis Bay harbour and the Trans-Caprivi and Trans-Kalahari highways, running from Walvis Bay to the DRC and Johannesburg,” he noted. Namibia’s policies are aimed at growing an industrial economy, he said, and in line with this, the country has attractive incentives to support partners aiming to invest in mining, infrastructure and manufacturing in particular.
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