WINDHOEK, 04 DEC – Cabinet which administers and executes government functions has ended its business for 2018, a year which saw it hold 19 deliberative and decision-making meetings, discussing 272 items and taking 260 decisions in the process.
Cabinet also held three special meetings during the year in question.
This was availed by President Hage Geingob during the last Cabinet meeting for 2018 here Tuesday.
In his closing address, the Head of State said Cabinet was able to formulate policies aimed at broad-based social upliftment through employment, sustained income growth, universal access to education, housing and healthcare among others.
“These policies have helped take us closer to strengthening our social economic architecture,” he added.
Notwithstanding the milestones Cabinet reached in 2018, Geingob was quick to note that the country is still faced by challenges, particularly the precarious economic state.
“We are still recovering from the downturn in the economy which has persisted during the past several years,” the president acknowledged.
However, what gives Geingob hope and confidence when it comes to economic recovery is Cabinet’s ability to “maintain positive and steady progress during difficult times”.
The Namibian leader congratulated his team for a job well-done for having ensured that Cabinet successfully carried out its mandate in terms of policy determination, directing, coordinating and supervising activities of all government offices, ministries and agencies.
“Without your unquestionable work ethic and commitment toward the pursuit of our national development aspirations, Cabinet could not have achieved the amount of progress witnessed this year,” he asserted.
He also commended his Cabinet for the professionalism they displayed during the course of the year, but however, noted that there was still room to improve.
“Let us take a pause and reflect on areas in which we can improve in the future,” he continued.
He did not indicate when the first session in 2019 will be held. – NAMPA