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Greening Namibia Requires New Skills, Technology

Greening Namibia Requires New Skills, TechnologyGreening Namibia Requires New Skills, Technology

A green economy will require many new skills and technologies, Namibia’s minister of industrialization, trade and SME development, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, said.

In a speech at a national workshop on ‘Greening the construction sector in Namibia’, Ngatjizeko said that a green economy for Namibia will require such skills and technologies in construction, manufacturing, energy generation and use, the recycling and disposal of waste, and consumption of scarce resources such as water, Namibia’s news agency Nampa reported.

The workshop started in Windhoek on Tuesday, and is being held under the theme ‘Building a Green Namibia’.

Construction industry players gathered over two days to discuss ways to use natural resources more efficiently to create healthier and more energy-efficient buildings and homes.

“New industries will be required and new economic opportunities will emerge for the designing, building and installation of green technologies that our country needs to avoid effects of dangerous levels of global warming,” Ngatjizeko said.

He stated that government has prioritized investment promotion in various sectors in which Namibia has demonstrated high growth potential.

This includes sectors which can help create jobs and improve the welfare of Namibians while safeguarding macro-economic sustainability and accelerate economic growth.

The minister of labor, industrial relations and employment creation Erkki Nghimtina told the workshop that the goal of a green economy for sustainable development requires enhanced policy coherence and acquisition of necessary skills for the implementation of green strategies.

“For Namibia to benefit from the green economy, we have to work towards developing policies that will link social development, job creation and the green economy; investing in green skills development, especially among the youth; and harmonizing our existing macro-economic policies in terms of job creation and environmental considerations,” he stated.