State of the Nation Address 2017

SONA17On Wednesday, 12 April 2017, H.E. Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, delivered the 2017 State of the National Address. To read the full speech, please click here....

Speech by President Dr Hage Geingob on the occasion of the 27th Independence Day Celebration

Rundu, Tuesday, March 21, 2017

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What is independence and why do we celebrate it? Why are we gathered here today in such large numbers?

Independence stems from an innate desire for people to exercise their free will in order to pursue their aspirations and determine their own destiny. In other words, people become independent when they are able to form a sovereign nation that is legally able to make its own decisions on domestic and foreign policy. Independence means the ability for people, the sovereigns, to elect into office, representatives that will form a sovereign government able to exercise the full range of powers a state possesses under international law.

27 years ago, on the 21st March 1990, Namibia was born; born into freedom and sovereignty; born with the legal right to determine its own destiny and that of its people. That is what our forefathers bled and died for. So we have a right to recognize this day, we have a right to celebrate this day, because never again shall the sovereign people of Namibia be restricted by the wicked chains of colonialism; never again shall the sovereign people of Namibia be engulfed by the hateful flames of Apartheid.

For 27 years, we have been a free nation and have a right to celebrate our independence. We have a right to acknowledge this momentous day and will continue to do so for years to come, through good times and bad times.

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IMG 9197Hon Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Finances, presented 2017/2018 Budget Statement in Parliament, 09 March 2017

(...) I have the honour to table the FY2017/18 Budget, a third under the administration of His Excellency, President Dr Hage Geingob.

This budget is presented at a time when we need to rededicate our efforts towards the values and objectives of our democracy in a unitary, developmental State. The Namibian economy is emerging from a perfect storm. Externally, we had to deal with the impact of the commodity price crash, a slowing global economy and low growth in large neighbouring economies. We experienced a severe drought during the last three consecutive years, with negative effects not only in the agricultural sector, but also in wet industries and the construction supply chain. Liquidity came under pressure due to weak market confidence and consequently, a tight cash flow situation. Economic growth has slowed in 2016 to an estimated 1.3 percent.

Despite these developments and, the slow economic recovery in Namibia’s main trading partners, the weak growth in commodity prices and increasing uncertainty in the global geopolitical environment, the medium-term prospects for our economy have started to look better. Growth is projected to be 2.5 percent in the coming financial year and average approximately 3.5 percent over the MTEF.

Honourable Speaker, we have also rebalanced our public expenditure in line with the revised macroeconomic outlook and public revenue estimates, thereby putting public finances on a more sustainable path. The budget before you reflects this and establishes the new norm of closely aligning expenditure to revenue.

Please, click here to download the complete Budget Statement 2017/2018

Foreign HoM addressPresident Hage Geingob has called on the 'heads of foreign mission' in Namibia to assist in tackling income disparities, and the land issue.

The Head of State made this call during his New Year greeting to top diplomats.

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Root out CorruptionPresident Hage Geingob says the intent to root out corruption would spark attacks against government, sometimes even unjustified.

Namibia's corruption ranking, as affirmed by Transparency International, is fifth in Africa just after Botswana, Cape Verde, Rwanda and Mauritius.

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