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Namibian coalition petitions for implementation of Universal Basic Income Grant

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A petition demanding the immediate implementation of a Universal Basic Income Grant in Namibia was officially received by Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication, and Social Welfare, Doreen Sioka, on behalf of President Nangolo Mbumba. 

This event followed a demonstration by petitioners who took to the streets of Windhoek to voice their demands.

Hakahana Lacho Power and Gas Depot launched

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Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has called on young entrepreneurs to be innovative, saying government will play its part in creating a conducive environment for doing businesses. 

She made the call at the launch of the Hakahana Lacho Power and Gas Depot in Windhoek today.

Nandi-Ndaitwah says government will also play its part in equipping young entrepreneurs with skills, ensure access to finances and help them to participate in the global market.

Olufuko celebrates cultural identity and heritage in Outapi

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Culture is not just a collection of traditions and practices, but rather it represents a source of pride that connects people to their roots and history, and offers them a sense of identity. 

These were the words of the Deputy Minister of Urban and Rural Development Evelyn !Nawases-Taeyele at the Olufuko Annual Cultural Festival Gala Dinner at Outapi. 

Culture and traditions are not leftovers of the past, but are in fact living expressions that continue to shape the present and guide the future. 

Namibia launches Access and Benefit-Sharing Guidelines

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In a move that ushers in a new era for the sustainable management of biological and genetic resources, Namibia has introduced new Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) Guidelines for this purpose, along with an online permitting system. 

The initiative is led by the Ministry of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism in partnership with local and global development partners.

ABS is a framework under the Convention on Biological Diversity that governs the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the utilisation of genetic resources. 

Oshikango-Santa Clara Border Post opens 24/7

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The Oshikango -Santa Clara Border Post will now operate 24/7 following the launch on Friday.

This follows an agreement between the Namibia and Angola governments.

The 24/7 operation will allow the movement of people of the two countries at any time.

Ohangwena Governor Sebastian Ndeitunga is confident that the initiative will greatly ease the movement of people, goods and services and minimise illegal crossing among others.

New diplomats commit to strengthen relations with Namibia

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Five new diplomatic Heads of Mission accredited to Namibia have reiterated their commitment to strengthening relations with Namibia.

The diplomats presented their letters of credence to President Nangolo Mbumba at State House on Wednesday.

This marks the official start of their respective diplomatic tenures in Namibia.

The new diplomats are Argentina's Claudio Pérez Paladino, Aftab Hasan Khan from the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and Ntsime Victor Jafeta from Lesotho.

Spilt of Swakopmund constituency in question mark

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The recent preliminary result from the National Statistics Agency (NSA) reveals that the Swakopmund constituency population stands at close to 76,000, making it the largest constituency in Namibia, nearly three times its size since its inception in 1992.

With the population increase and expansion, the town's leadership strongly proposes that the constituency be split into two, but there is a question mark regarding this.

They claim that doing so will create room for an additional constituency to ensure the smooth provision of government services and service delivery.

Namibia improves score on latest Open Budget Survey

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Namibia is one of the countries that has made great improvements in public participation and transparency in its budget accountability process. This was revealed at Namibia's Open Budget Survey launch in Windhoek.

This is according to the 2023 Open Budget Survey Global Findings. 

Based on the survey's open budget index score, scaled from zero to 100, Namibia obtained a 54 in transparency in terms of how the public accesses information about how the government raises and spends public resources. 

This is compared to the 42 it scored in 2021. 

Namibia's economic boost calls for strategic positioning in value chains

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With Namibia's economy moving towards a positive trajectory, businesses and individuals must strategically position themselves within the production value chain to maximise their economic benefits.

The sentiments were shared at the FNB Commercial Economic Breakfast titled "Gearing Up for the Future, 2025, and Beyond."

The Economic Breakfast, attended by key stakeholders, industry experts, and professionals, discussed the promising future of Namibia's economy, considering the emerging opportunities in the oil and gas sector and the renewable energy space.

VP urges youth to get involved in Agriculture sector

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Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah says agriculture in Africa is expected to meet the dual objectives of providing food and helping people escape poverty.

Dr. Nandi-Ndaitwah further says that the agriculture sector can produce Africa's next billionaires.

Therefore, the Vice President calls on all young people countrywide to develop an interest in agriculture during a stakeholder engagement held at Omaruru. 

About 70% of the Namibian population depends on agricultural activities for livelihood, mostly in the subsistence sector.