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Namibian President Vows to Lift Nation's People Out of Poverty

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Last year UN Member States committed to the agenda for Sustainable Development to “join the global drive towards ensuring a life of dignity for all.”

“We are all in agreement that effective implementation of this agenda will require coherence and complementarity between global, continental, regional, national and local efforts…we will spare no effort in working to free our fellow men, women, and children from the abject and dehumanizing conditions of extreme poverty.”

-- His Excellency Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

Integrated economic growth is needed that will translate into creation of decent job opportunities.  “In other words, we must do more to move away from the current jobless growth model that prevails in many of our member countries [and] aim to grow our economy in a sustainable and inclusive manner in order to ensure that we effectively tackle the scourge of poverty.”

The Namibian economy had experienced more than a five percent growth during the past five years.  Due to the slowdown in the global economic cycle and a fall in commodity prices, the Namibian economy has experienced a downturn in 2016.   The Namibian government remains committed to managing the economy in a prudent and responsible manner to address the concerns by rating agencies about the long-term outlook in Namibia.  The President assured there is no risk that Namibia will not honor their debt obligation in the near and medium term and that Namibia remains committed to creating conditions that will enable full participation of the private sector in the economy.  The President underscored the crucial role of the private sector in stimulating economic growth and job creation in the country.

Namibia will live up to the promise of ensuring a life of dignity for all despite the fact that humanity is facing some of the most unprecedented challenges in its history by remaining a member state of the United Nations.

“Let us celebrate unity in diversity.  Together as people, who realize that we belong to each other, we can bring about change in this world, through this indispensable institution the United Nations and usher in a new era of humanity, characterized by peace, unity, and dignity for all the world’s citizens.”


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