President announces three new ministers, four deputies
21 April 2021 | Government
Three of the newly appointed ministers are men and the four incoming deputy ministers are women.
Derek Klazen is the new minister of fisheries and marine resources.
He will oversee the management, protection and utilization of marine resources; the conservation and utilization of marine resources to realize a sustainable benefit for all; and to accelerate the implementation of the Namibianisation Score-Card to achieve greater involvement, participation and benefits for Namibians. He is also expected to revitalize and promote the growth of the Aquaculture and Mariculture industry.
Albert Kawana is the new minister of home affairs, immigration, safety and security, who presides over the National Population Register, facilitating lawful migration into the country; and ensuring internal security, maintaining law and order and protecting society.
Frans Kapofi is the new minister of defence and veterans affairs who will coordinate and administer the operations of the Defence Force (NDF), to defend the territorial integrity and national interests of Namibia and assist veterans and dependents of deceased veterans. As a key deliverable, he is expected to complete institutional reforms of line agencies under the ministry (i.e. August 26 Holdings).
Natalia /Goagoses is appointed as the deputy minister of urban and rural development, who has assist the minister to coordinate decentralization and regional and rural development activities. She is also expected to assist the minister in the development of policies to mitigate rural-urban migration and to ensure appropriate town planning and land use management. Additionally, she has to assist the minister in expediting the upgrade of Informal Settlements and to complete and hand-over houses built through the National Mass Housing Programme; Roll-out Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programme (WASH) nationally, and repurpose and recapitalize National Housing Enterprises (NHE).
Veno Kauria is the new deputy minister of higher education, training and innovation. She is expected to assist the minister in promoting training and innovation to drive Namibia towards a knowledge economy, through quality Higher, Technical & Vocational Education, Research and Development and to create a conducive environment for technological and scientific innovations. She is expected to assist the minister in concluding the NSFAF Sustainability Model; Establish Industry Governance Committees for a demand-driven education system; Formulate the National 4th Industrial Revolution Policy; and Develop Innovation Framework & Value chains.
Heather Sibungo is the new deputy minister of environment, forestry and tourism. She is expected to assist the minister in promoting biodiversity conservation of the environment through sustainable utilization of natural resources, including forestry.
She is also expected to assist the Minister in developing policies and strategies for sustainable and responsible tourism that contributes to the economic development of Namibia, and to ensu that the country makes significant progress towards its Green House Gas emission targets by 2030. She is also expected to assist the Minister to fast track the implementation of the National Policy on Climate Change and develop a National Green Economy Policy.
Maureen Hinda-Mbuende is the new deputy minister of finance who will assist the minister in managing government financial resources, implementation of financial policies and preparation of the annual fiscal budget and issue adequate regulations.
In addition, she is expected to assist the minister in aligning taxation policies with climate change objectives.
The changes in the Namibian government have been necessitated by recent developments in the country and the need to scale up implementation of the Harambee Prosperity Plan II, the National Development Plans, including improved service delivery to the Namibian people.