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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Official Opening of the 5th Session of Namibia's 6th Parliament, 14 February 2017

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HE Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, opened the fifth Session of the sixth Parliament on Tuesday, 14 February 2017, urging members to re-dedicate themselves towards core national values, and the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals. To read the President's speech. please click here....

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The President, H.E. Dr Hage Geingob (centre front) flanked by the Deputy Chief Justice, Hon Mr Justice Petrus Damaseb (centre left) and the Chief Justice of Namibia, Hon Mr Justice Peter Shivute (centre right) at Wednesday’s opening of the Legal Year. Next to Justice Shivute stands the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Judiciary, Ms Rolanda van Wyk. Robed in black or red are all the judges of the higher courts.

 Legal Year opening brings 2016 judicial achievements into perspective



Namibia Economist, 09 February 2017

The Legal Year opening, hosted at the Supreme Court by the now-independent Office of the Judiciary, was attended by senior legal practitioners, officers of the various courts, officials from the Ministry of Justice, representatives from legal bodies and by the esteemed judges of both the High Court and the Supreme Court.

In the main address, Justice Shivute gave a wide ranging overview of the judicial progress of the past year.

The most impressive improvement was achieved in the Magistrate Courts where the Chief Justice said more than 25,700 criminal cases were heard in the first semester only. More than 12,700 of these were finalised.

“Magistrates across the country participated in various courses, including criminal procedure and wildlife protection. Training in wildlife protection has become very important in the light of the disturbing trend of wanton poaching of our country’s endangered wildlife species” said Shivute to illustrate the need for the justice system to remain abreast of evolving crimes.

At the beginning of 2016, the Office of the Judiciary was made an independent judicial institution. In the regard Shivute said “the first order of business was to bring all constituent parts of the Office of the Judiciary under a unified command. Great strides have been made to that end but more still needs to be done, especially as far as legislative reform is concerned. Important pieces of legislation are still out of harmony with the changes brought about by the Namibian Constitution Third Amendment Act and the Judiciary Act of 2015. A notable example is the governance of the magistracy. The appointment, discipline and remuneration of the magistracy must be harmonised, not only in tandem with the Namibian Constitution Third Amendment Act, but also with the twin principles of the independence of the Judiciary and separation of powers.”  Click here to read more.....

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