(Xinhua) -- Namibia’s president Hage Geingob has warned
that the headwinds that battered the country’s economy in 2017 would
continue into the new year.
In his New Year’s message Sunday,
Geingob, urged Namibians to embrace a fresh perspective and
“navigate towards possibilities of growth and advancement.”
Namibia has in the past two years
implemented cost-saving measures that included shelving several
infrastructural projects and cutting the national budget.
Geingob said these measures were
short-term and that although they caused pain, they would be
cushioned by the long-term benefits when the economy recovers.
He said the government would pursue
developmental projects and ensure that political office-bearers are
Among the projects his government will
pursue is the construction of roads, airports and rail upgrading.
Geingob also said focus would be on
providing people with land and services such as electricity, water
Calling 2018 the year of reckoning,
Geingob said this means that the government “will take stock and be
accountable for our achievements and shortcomings.”