Geingob championed the cause of the less privileged – Iipumbu
We’ve heavy hearts as we mourn the passing of a exceptional statesman, a visionary chief, and a real servant of the folks, president Hage Geingob.
Geingob’s legacy is huge and multifaceted. Whereas he was broadly recognized for his function because the president of our beloved nation, we should not overlook his vital contributions in varied capacities, together with his tenure as earlier minister of commerce and trade.
It was on this function that Geingob demonstrated his unwavering dedication to advancing financial improvement, industrialisation and commerce promotion, whereas fostering sustainable funding and worldwide cooperation.
Below his management, Namibia has witnessed distinctive progress and prosperity in its commerce relations with different nations.
Geingob understood the essential function commerce and industrial cooperation performs in driving financial progress and bettering the lives of our folks. His efforts to strengthen commerce and funding ties, negotiate mutually helpful agreements, and create alternatives for Namibian companies will probably be remembered as cornerstones of his legacy.
I’m one of many youthful ministers appointed by him, which demonstrates the belief he had within the youthful era of management.
I’m able to perform my work with ease, given his mentorship and training.
Geingob performed a pivotal function when it comes to shaping the commerce and industrial coverage regime of this nation.
It was throughout his tenure that our first industrial coverage for Namibia was developed and authorized by the Cupboard and subsequently tabled in parliament.
In the identical vein, Geingob facilitated the evaluation of the Namibian funding legislation, which he proposed to the Cupboard and tabled in parliament – though it was later challenged in court docket.
This legislation is geared to exchange the present International Funding Act, and can inter alia handle home buyers’ challenges and ease native financial empowerment.
We’re at a complicated stage of finalising this invoice, and we’re privileged sufficient to have acquired Geingob’s last enter on this necessary piece of laws.
I additionally want to share with you that the Tools Help Scheme programme as we now have it right now, which identifies varied elements that restrict the efficient progress and improvement of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) within the nation, grew to become operational throughout his tenure as a minister.
Many enterprises skilled exponential progress resulting from this noble intervention, and the programme continues to be operational thus far.
Equally, the Industrial Upgrading and Modernisation Programme was promoted extra robustly in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Improvement Porgramme throughout Geingob’s tenure.
This was visionary because the programme was recognized because the premier assist scheme that every member state within the Southern African Improvement Group (SADC) ought to implement within the SADC Industrialisation Technique and Roadmap for 2015 to 2063.
As a part of further assist to small enterprise improvement, the then Ministry of Commerce and Trade via its then implementing company, the Namibia Improvement Company (NDC) efficiently constructed enterprise premises at varied cities throughout the nation.
Right this moment the nation boasts greater than 45 such industrial and MSME parks, enabling a viable surroundings below which entrepreneurship can and is flourishing.
The late president initiated the work for the revitaliaation of the NDC and the Offshore Improvement Company in a mixed new format of a brand new industrial improvement company to assist the implementation of Namibia’s first industrial coverage.
Right this moment we now have the Namibia Industrial Improvement Company because of this work.
Moreover, enterprise registration went via a course of re-engineering, creating an in-house constructed computerised system – the Built-in Firm Registration System, linked to all ministerial regional workplaces to reinforce environment friendly service supply throughout Geingob’s tenure.
It was via his zeal to deal with varied challenges skilled via enterprise registration that the creation of the Enterprise and Mental Property Authority was authorized by the Cupboard – though its institution befell when Geingob had already left the ministry.
One of many challenges throughout the 2011/12 monetary 12 months was the evaluation of the choice of the Namibia Competitors Fee on the merger of Walmart Included and Massmart Holdings Restricted.
Geingob ensured that the arrival of the merger was topic to plenty of amended situations.
It was additionally on this context that he drove the very first sector reservations laws, which have been novel within the SADC area.
These earlier laws are the gasoline that drives our imminent work on laws to accompany the draft funding invoice.
An additional precedence was to ascertain the Namibia Board of Commerce to handle imports and exports and deal with commerce cures, and we’re on planning to desk this invoice in the middle of this 12 months.
Geingob additionally facilitated the negotiations in the direction of an financial partnership settlement between SADC international locations and the European Union.
Past his achievements within the realm of commerce, Geingob’s management was characterised by a profound dedication to justice, equality, and social progress.
He championed the reason for the much less privileged, whereas tirelessly working to construct a extra inclusive society the place each citizen has equal alternatives within the Namibian Home.
Geingob’s passing leaves a void that will probably be felt deeply by all who had the privilege of realizing him, working with him, and being impressed by him.
As we mourn his loss, allow us to additionally take consolation within the enduring influence of his legacy. Allow us to honour his reminiscence by rededicating ourselves to the beliefs and ideas he held dearly – unity, resilience, inclusion, and a steadfast dedication to the betterment of our nation.
We additional pledge to proceed constructing on this legacy, together with his larger dream of inexperienced industrialisation.
Allow us to be comforted by the phrases of two Corinthians 1:3 – 4: “Reward be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all consolation, who comforts us in all our troubles, in order that we are able to consolation these in any bother with the consolation we ourselves obtain from God.”
To madame Monica Geingos, Geingob’s youngsters, and his whole bereaved household, on this time of sorrow, allow us to stand collectively as a household and as a nation, drawing energy from one another and from his indomitable spirit.
His legacy will proceed to encourage us, information us, and remind us of the profound distinction one individual could make on the planet.
Go effectively, our chief, sail on, our president, your legacy will certainly dwell on.
Could your treasured revolutionary soul relaxation in everlasting peace.
*Lucia Iipumbu is Namibia’s minister of industrialisation and commerce.
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