More money from EU for development
Tom Alweendo, director general of the National Planning Commission, signed an agreement of an added N$260 million to the already existing agreement with the European Union Ambassador to Namibia, Fuentes Milani as part of the 10th European Development Fund Country Strategy.
The agreement is in line with the EU’s decision in 2010 to allocate one billion Euros towards a millennium development goal initiative. The general scheme envisaged that a first window of approximately 300 million Euros is given to countries who achieve milestones in reaching the UN millennium development goals as a reward, according to the 10th European Development Fund Mid Term Review Results.
Alweendo said that it is based on this that Namibia qualified for this additional amount saying that N$100 million will be used to support agricultural productivity, another N$100 million will be allocated to the Ministry of Health ad Social Service in the area of maternal health and childcare as performance on this millennium development goal needs improvement.
The other N$60 million will be used to top up the envisaged 10th European Development Fund Public Management Reform Support Programmes.
Alweendo also said that “the European Union is an important stakeholder to our country and that assistance given to us by the European Union should be put to good use.”