The Director General of the National Planning Commission, Obeth Kandjoze, says substantive efforts are underway to revive and propel Vision 2030.

Kandjoze, who was speaking at the President's media briefing on Monday, acknowledged that significant setbacks, due to unmet obligations and challenges, are experienced to achieve the ambitious goals of Vision 2030.

The vision, conceived in 2004, aims to transform Namibia into a fully developed and industrialised nation, aligning with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.

Critical assessments are being emphasised, addressing data setbacks and ensuring a comprehensive evaluation of each goal and its indicators.

According to Kandjoze, a noteworthy catalyst for progress is Namibia's achievements in the green hydrogen sphere, noting that they are central to achieving the Harambee Prosperity Plan for sustainable socioeconomic advancement.

So far, N$2 billion has been secured through green diplomacy, complemented by an additional N$10 billion in concessional loans to fuel Namibia's economic activities aligned with its development vision.

"The many obligations we set ourselves still remain to be achieved under the tenure of how that vision was crafted, so obviously we did not meet all the aspects and goals in that report, and that is the essentially message that one wants to bring about. Along that path, Vision 2030 suffered a number of gaps in terms of data; we now have to leave up to that to brush off. By acting as a catalyst for sustainable socio-economic advancement, Namibia's hydrogen programme is harmonising our country's pursuit of economic recovery and inclusive growth."

Mines and Energy Minister Tom Alweendo also shared insights into Namibia's newfound resources, saying the discovery of oil, gas, green hydrogen, and ammonium positions the country strategically.

"We are all on the same wave length; we are on board to make sure that we benefit and promote our economic development through local content, so currently we are busy with Shell and Total Energies to make sure that we accelerate the process where we come to production, and if everything goes to plan, we should be able to drill our first oil in the next 5 years."

Minister Alweendo emphasised that Namibia is committed to managing these resources in the best interest of Namibians.


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