NACSO Director Maxi Louis and Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta [sitting], together with Conservancy Chairpersons Elias Kharuxab (representing South), Dave Kangombe (representing North-West), Marama Kavita (representing Central), Francis Lisao (representing North-East) and MET Tourism Director Sem Shikongo [from left to right]

NACSO Director Maxi Louis and Deputy Minister of Environment and Tourism, Pohamba Shifeta [sitting], together with Conservancy Chairpersons Elias Kharuxab (South), Dave Kangombe (North-West), Marama Kavita (Central), Francis Lisao (North-East) and MET Tourism Director Sem Shikongo [left to right]

Millennium Challenge Account Namibia (MCA N) recently celebrated the completion of year four of its five year Compact programme.

This MCA N development programme in the fields of education, agriculture and tourism ended on 16 September 2014. The investment projects to the combined value of approximately N$3 billion (US$304.5 million) are funded by the United States Government through the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

At a brief get together during lunch time at the organisation’s headquarters in Windhoek, MCA N’s CEO Penny Akwenye thanked all staff members and implementing partners such as the Ministries of Education, Environment & Tourism, Lands & Resettlement, Agriculture, Water & Forestry together with the two state owned enterprises Namibia Training Authority (NTA) and Namibia Tourism Board (NTB) for their continued cooperation and dedication to the cause.

MCC Country Director Steve Dobrilovic lauded the MCA N team for its extraordinary performance: “During all my years in the field, I have never experienced such a dedicated and professional MCA team, like here in Namibia. All the best for the final year!”

Fast facts: MCA N
The date they signed their agreement 28th July 2008
MCA N’s goal  Reduce poverty through economic growth in the Education, Tourism and Agriculture sectors
Amount made available for development US$304.5 million
MCA N aims to achieve the following objective as soon as possible Increase the competence of the Namibian workforce (knowledge, skills and attitude).

Along with the educational and agricultural sectors, MCA N is also supporting the Ministry of Environment and Tourism in translocating wildlife to selected communal conservancies to restore and enhance biodiversity in support of sustainable eco tourism that benefits conservancy members. Infrastructure at Etosha National Park is being built and upgraded to the combined value of N$340 million, whereas NTB can enjoy funding for its efforts to market Namibia as a tourist destination abroad.

The project will see the addition of camping, picnic and game-viewing facilities at the Olifantsrus waterhole. The Southern Anderson Gate will be upgraded and a new Galton Gate will be opened in the west of the park by mid-2014. The new gate will give easier access to Dolomite Camp and form part of a new self-drive route being funded by non-profit organisation, Open Africa.

Upgrades to the park’s water points were completed in July and now feature solar panel pumps, storage tanks and new pipelines, as well as elephant-proof walls and troughs.  Construction was carried out in a way that leaves the scenery as natural as possible.

The MCA N Compact is a grant funding agreement between the Governments of the United States of America and Namibia. All projects are financed by the American taxpayer with the aim to reduce poverty through economic growth.

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By: 5VictoriaFalls24

Date: 30 September 2013