The University of Namibia’s Rundu Campus is hosting the Africa redemption international conference to deliberate on issues that keep Africa behind other parts of the world.
The conference, which is being attended by participants from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, among others, is being hosted in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, under the theme ‘Shifting Mindsets from Poverty to Prosperity.’
The conference started yesterday at the Kavango Community Convention Centre in Rundu.
“As an institution of higher learning our best weapon against poverty is in the mind. It is our considered view that with education we will be able to convert a poverty-ridden mindset to a prosperity-driven one,” said Dr Jacob Nyambe, dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences who spoke on behalf of the Unam vice-chancellor Professor Lazarus Hangula.
“This conference is our pledge to the government of Namibia in its declared war on poverty dubbed the Harambee Prosperity Plan,” Nyambe said.
The conference is being attended by parastatals whose work contributes to poverty eradication, manufacturers, vocational trainers and engineering companies whose work produces or has the potential to produce Namibian-made products, adding value, creating jobs and truly making Namibia become a knowledge-driven economy.
Researchers, publishers and academics whose focus is on economic development and social transformation, financial Institutions, NGOs and development agencies/activists whose work is directed at economic empowerment, and policy makers in government and international organizations whose work is aimed at reducing poverty and accelerating economic growth in various forms, are in attendance as well.
Other speakers will be the Minister of Economic and National Planning, Tom Alweendo, Dr John Steytler, the economic advisor to the president, and the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Dr Zephania Kameeta.