SWAPO 2009 Manifesto Namibia
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SWAPO PARTY ELECTION MANIFESTO 2009 (from the Original document)
One Namibia One Nation
The future belongs to the children of Namibia
1. Message from the President … 3
2. Safeguard Democracy, Unity, Peace, Stability and the Rule of Law … 8
3. Strengthening Economic Management and Accelerating Sustainable Growth … 12
4. Upliftment of our People’s Health Standards … 20
5. Provision of Housing, Water and Sanitation … 22
6. Environmental Management and Sustainable Utilization of Natural Resources … 24
7. Social Upliftment and Empowerment … 27
8. Human Capital Development and Utilization … 32
9. Safety Nets for Vulnerable Groups … 34
10. Promotion of Gender Equity … 35
11. Enhancing Foreign Relations and International Cooperation … 36
12. Monitoring the Implementation of the 2009 SWAPO Election Manifesto … 39
13. A Sound Record of Achievements … 41
SWAPO united, SWAPO victorious
Now Hard Work!
1. Message from the President
1.1 I am proud to present the 2009 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto to the Namibian electorate.
This document presents the policies and strategies of the SWAPO Party for the next five years.
Once the mandate of the SWAPO Party is renewed, this Manifesto will serve as a contract between the SWAPO Party and the Namibian people.
The SWAPO Party will therefore, without failure, transform our strategies into practical and implementable projects and programmes to accelerate economic growth, to consolidate service delivery and to improve the living standards of all Namibians.
The SWAPO Party has delivered on its commitments made in the SWAPO Party Election Manifesto of 2004, and as a responsible organization, has given an account of the manner in which it has fulfilled such commitments.
In the Report, titled “Achievements: SWAPO Party Election Manifesto 2004”, we demonstrated our capacity to deliver on our promises.
1.2 In presenting this Manifesto and the strategies contained herein, we pay homage to the heroes and heroines of our struggle, who sacrificed for the independence and democracy we enjoy today.
We specifically remember the workers, peasants, youth and students who not only played a significant role in the establishment and building of the SWAPO Party but also provided all round support and materials needed to carry out the struggle for national liberation to its successful conclusion.
It is for these historical realities the SWAPO Party remains deeply rooted in these sections of our society and they will continue to be the focus of our policies.
1.3 The SWAPO Party will continue to promote democracy, peace, stability, protection of the territorial integrity of Namibia and defend the unity of our people as symbolized by our badly cry of “One Namibia, One Nation”.
This unifying call has been the source of inspiration and strength in our long and bitter struggle for national independence.
To this end, the SWAPO Party recommits itself to the improvement of the quality of life of the Namibian people through well-thought out people-centred development programmes.
These programmes emphasize ongoing investments in health, education, training, housing, infrastructure and the general welfare of our people.
The SWAPO Party recognises the importance and strength of our cultural diversity, history, tradition and heritage and its positive impact towards nation building.
The SWAPO Party is the only political party that has over the years developed institutional capacity and ability to govern and deliver on its promises.
1.4 In order to bring about the required economic growth, the SWAPO Party will promote policies and a conducive environment for the development of the private sector, investment promotion, trade and international cooperation.
The SWAPO Party will ensure that State-Owned Enterprises continue to be reformed in order to play their catalytic rile to economic growth through the provision of hey services and entry into strategic areas.
The SWAPO Party will continue to drive the implementation of short, medium and long term development plans, as well as the implementation of ongoing projects and programmes.
1.5 The SWAPO Party will promote and participate in Public-Private Partnership arrangements that are meaningful to the development of our country.
The SWAPO Party will continue to encourage and promote the development of the culture of entrepreneurship, small and medium enterprises, manufacturing and value addition, black economic empowerment and greater diversification of our economy.
These changes will include capital market reforms to attract the capital required for investment and growth.
The SWAPO Party is committed to undertake such reforms on a balanced approach, which on the one hand seeks to optimize domestic saving for national development and on the other hand to maintain the integrity of such savings and returns thereon.
1.6 Greater emphasis will continue to be placed on the development, maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure such as housing, power generation and transmission, water supply, telecommunication, transport and office accommodation in order to serve the current and future generations.
It is the commitment of the SWAPO Party to ensure equitable distribution of resources and infrastructure development throughout the country.
We are cognisant that industrialization and an export-oriented economy will offer the best opportunities to address the challenges of job creation and revenue generation in our country.
Therefore, our policies will strike a balance in resource allocation between social and productive sectors.
There is no doubt that such policies will further contribute to the reduction and eventual elimination of the inherited social and economic inequalities leading to the improvement of health and quality of life as well as enhanced knowledge and skills needed for the upliftment of all our people.
1.7 The creation of productive jobs remains a high priority for the SWAPO Party.
Therefore, growing the economy is a prerequisite to create much needed job opportunities.
The SWAPO Party will ensure that investments are made and promoted in the sectors of agriculture, mining, fisheries and aquaculture, manufacturing, tourism, finance, information technology, telecommunication, transport, energy development, construction and the development of other critical economic infrastructure.
1.8 The SWAPO Party remains committed to the building of a vibrant economy and bringing about economic empowerment and greater prosperity for all.
This will be done through the provision of equitable access to resources and means of production.
Equally, a greater investment in education, training and skills development will improve our ability to harness science and technology in the process of developing innovation, efficiency and productivity.
We will therefore continue to invest in education and training, research and development, acquisition and adaptation of technology.
The SWAPO Party will also ensure that the public service is strengthened and capacitated to ensure efficiency, value for money, productivity and a cost-effective service delivery.
The programme of public service training will also include aspects of corporate culture, ethics and identity.
1.9 Rural development is critical in the developmental agenda of the SWAPO Party.
Therefore, new and existing programmes will be further developed and expanded to increase access to basic infrastructure and services.
Housing, access to potable water, health centres, rural electricity, schools, feeder roads, and other social amenities will continues to be developed country-wide.
It is the commitment of the SWAPO Party to continue to devote a greater amount of public resources to the goal of meeting the social needs of our people.
1.10 Building a just and caring society is central to the SWAPO Party’s philosophy.
The Party will, therefore, continue to pursue strategies and allocate resources towards the prevention and combating of diseases such as HIV / AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
Resources will be earmarked for strengthening the safety nets which support vulnerable groups.
Equally, we are committed to ensuring that all members of society, without regard to social status and cultural background, will be accorded the same opportunities to develop.
Efforts will be intensified to accelerate the implementation of programmes aimed at improving the living standards of the veterans of the national liberation struggle, to ensure that they live in dignity as a tribute to the sacrifice they made to bring about national independence and freedom.
1.11 Our country has been faced with floods and droughts over the past years.
It is, therefore, imperative to study and understand the prevailing phenomenon of climate change and its potential impact on our lives.
We take cognisance that Namibia depends on agriculture for food security and livelihood.
Therefore, the SWAPO Party will ensure that measure are devised and put in place to mitigate the negative effects of climate change on our environment and economic growth.
Taking into account that the effects of this phenomenon ma occur frequently and / or unexpectedly, Namibia will have to adapt and learn to live under these erratic weather conditions.
1.12 The environment belongs to us all, and therefore we all have an obligation to help it in a clean and healthy state.
Hence, greater emphasis will be placed on sustainable utilization of our natural resources, prevention of land degradation, pollution and littering, prevention of settlement in flood prone areas and the improvement of the standards and quality of physical infrastructure such as bridges, roads and buildings.
1.13 As a rule based organisation, the SWAPO Party recognises the maintenance of law and order as one of its priorities.
For this reason, laws aimed at effectively preventing and combating crime will continue to be strengthened to ensure that Namibia remains a safe and peaceful country.
1.14 The SWAPO Party remains committed to a foreign policy that supports good neighbourliness, peaceful coexistence and cooperation.
Thus, we will continue to cultivate, nurture and strengthen friendly and cooperative bilateral relations with neighbouring states.
The Party will carry on promoting regional integration through membership to SACU and SADC.
Furthermore, we will strive to promote world peace and security, fair trade and equitable development through membership to regional and multilateral organisations.
We will continue to honour international commitments, including those under the AU and the UN.
We will therefore continue to maintain and promote friendly relations, justice, peace and security, and the elimination of poverty, hunger, disease and deprivation.
1.15 The SWAPO Party will put in place a monitoring and evaluation mechanism to track the pace and effectiveness of the implementation of the 2009 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto on a regular and systematic basis.
This will enrich our understanding and enable us to provide timely interventions, where necessary, in order to fulfil the commitments we have made to the electorate.
1.16 By presenting the 2009 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto, I am inviting public debate on this important national development agenda aimed at the socio-economic development or our country.
The SWAPO Party leadership, along with the entire membership, are prepared to engage the electorate around these fundamental issues highlighted in the 2009 SWAPO Party Election Manifesto.
1.17 The SWAPO Party remains the only driving force for change in Namibia.
The Party has delivered on its promises to the Namibian nation over the past 19 years and remains a tried and tested political party with the credibility and capacity to yet again deliver on its promises.
1.18 I am therefore inviting you to vote for the SWAPO Party.
Your vote for the SWAPO is a vote for a Secure Future, Peace and Prosperity.
PRESIDENT OF THE SWAOP PARTY
Striving for Economic Independence and Prosperity for all
“The blood waters our freedom”