NCRST, NUST host a hackathon to tackle Namibia's road accident crisis

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The National Commission on Research, Science, and Technology (NCRST), in conjunction with the Namibian University of Technology (NUST), is hosting a hackathon event. 

The event brought together local and international innovators, researchers, students, and developers with the shared goal of reducing road accidents through technological advancements.

Namibia, like other countries, is faced with a public health concern over road accidents that rob nations of productive citizens.

Education Minister emphasises importance of higher education and innovation in Namibian economy

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Higher Education, Training, and Innovation Minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi has said the development of professional and technical human resources, research, science, technology, and innovation infrastructure is the cornerstone of the transformation of the Namibian economy.

Kandjii-Murangi made the remarks during a high-level tertiary education funding budget review dinner held in the capital on Thursday.

Namfisa CEO highlights regulatory challenges

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The Chief Executive Officer of the Namibia Financial Institutions Supervisory Authority (Namfisa), Kenneth Matomola, has raised concerns regarding the current regulatory framework, saying it hampers Namfisa’s ability to fulfil its mandate.

During a briefing at the Government Information Centre (GIC) on Tuesday, Matomola said Namfisa is tasked with overseeing non-bank financial institutions, but outdated laws pose significant obstacles to achieving their objectives.

Gobabis Vocational Training Centre receives solar PV plant

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The German government has installed a solar PV plant at the Gobabis Vocational Training Centre to sustain the centre's electricity supply as part of the social-economic progression.

The solar plant project cost N$4.1 million.

The Director of Technical Vocational Education and Training in the Ministry of Higher Education, Innovation, and Technology, Muvatere Siririka, urged the centre to take care of the facility.

African youth reminded of their crucial role as true and reflective ambassadors of the continent

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The Minister of Environment, Forestry, and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta, has reminded African youth of their crucial role as true and reflective ambassadors of the continent's society and the tourism economy.

Shifeta emphasised that the youth have the power to shape perceptions, promote cultural diversity, and drive sustainable tourism development in Africa.

The Tourism Minister said this during the opening of the Africa Youth in Tourism Innovation Summit and Challenge at Swakopmund, where about 38 countries from Africa are taking part either physically or virtually.

Erongo Red and MTC sign agreement

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Erongo Red and MTC have signed an agreement to boost digital transformation, artificial intelligence, and innovation.

At the signing ceremony in Walvis Bay, Erongo Red's Chief Executive Officer described MTC as a digital enabler for the public sector.

Tino !Hanabeb believes MTC will be able to support electrification and mitigate Erongo Red's challenges, which include access to electricity, theft, and revenue collection.

ZVTC holds innovation and entrepreneurship day 

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The Zambezi Vocational Training Centre held an innovation and entrepreneurship day to give trainees an opportunity to showcase skills in their respective trades.

The event, which was held at the Katima Mulilo open market, showcased various items made by students from all fields of studies.

Speaking at the open day, the Zambezi Governor, Alufea Sampofu, encouraged tertiary applicants to consider vocational training as an important step towards self-employment and national development.