WINDHOEK: The International University of Management (IUM) is hosting a one-day management and economic development seminar as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations.
Speaking during the official opening of the seminar in the capital on Thursday morning, IUM Vice Chancellor Virginia Namwandi said in the nation’s drive towards Vision 2030, one of the barriers is the lack of understanding and knowledge of management and development issues. ”It may be the case that these two aspects have been discussed in isolation,” she said.
The seminar is amongst other things discussing NDP4 as a strategic milestone in the actualisation of Vision 2030; public sector broadcasting versus commercial broadcasting; strategies for managing Namibia’s human resources to support Vision 2030 and the role of private higher education institution in Africa’s transformation and nation building.
Namwandi said management challenges and options in the fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) highlight the significance and importance of the management of a development plan.
The previous NDPs, she stressed, failed to generate expected outcomes partly due to management issues and options which were not considered seriously, hence the need for NDP4 to focus on these issues.
She further stated that sustainable employment creation is a burning issue and said the six per cent economic growth as envisaged in NDP4 should be meaningful and relevant to the extent that the development plan should be able to create sustainable employment which is the foundation for welfare improvement of the unemployed or the poor.
“As a constructive discussion has not taken place combining TIPEEG (Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth), NDP4 and sustainable employment creation, this seminar is expected to focus on the abovementioned vital aspects,” she noted.
She explained that the seminar would not only present an activity confined to the university’s 10th anniversary celebrations, and said IUM plans to publish the seminar papers and disseminate these for wider use.
By doing this, the university not only encourages participation and contribution by the academic staff of IUM, but invites and encourages participation by experts in Namibia and the rest of the world, she added.
According to Namwandi, actualisation of this objective will support development endeavours in Namibia, Africa and the rest of the world.