Anti-corruption indaba gets started in Windhoek

Anti-corruption indaba gets started in Windhoek

THE national conference on corporate governance and anti-corruption started in Windhoek yesterday, attracting more than 100 delegates.

The three-day conference aims to stir discussions towards promoting good corporate governance in Government, the public and the private sector. It has an extensive programme drafting in leaders from the public and private sectors, churches, media and civil society to participate in discussions.Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister Nahas Angula said he hoped the gathering would come up with recommendations which are meaningful to the Namibian context, warning participants against regurgitating bookish theories.Angula said the event should focus on how to create an ethical culture which he said was basis for good corporate governance.He added that everyone should first self-evaluate before pointing fingers at others alleged to be corrupt, adding that the element of denial and finger-pointing went hand-in-hand with corruption.The Prime Minister was hard-hitting on the public sector saying civil servants were failing in service delivery and in task performance.He said if things had to change in Namibia, good corporate governance had to start with the public sector which is the country’s largest employer with some 80 000 members of staff.”The public sector is a service delivery institution therefore good corporate governance is vital.All of us in the public sector should ask ourselves are we doing the best in terms of service delivery and are we being fair to the public,” said Angula.International corporate-governance guru Philip Armstrong gave a presentation outlining what good corporate governance entails adding that societies should be concerned about bad corporate governance and corruption as these are barriers to economic development and democracy.”Good corporate governance is integral to the growth necessary to meet the Millennium Development Goals through effectively governed companies in the listed, private and public sectors,” he said.Armstrong heads the Global Corporate Governance Forum, based in Washington DC, United States.The conference was jointly organised by the Centre for Training and Projects Development and A-Z Events Management Company.It has an extensive programme drafting in leaders from the public and private sectors, churches, media and civil society to participate in discussions.Delivering the keynote address, Prime Minister Nahas Angula said he hoped the gathering would come up with recommendations which are meaningful to the Namibian context, warning participants against regurgitating bookish theories.Angula said the event should focus on how to create an ethical culture which he said was basis for good corporate governance.He added that everyone should first self-evaluate before pointing fingers at others alleged to be corrupt, adding that the element of denial and finger-pointing went hand-in-hand with corruption.The Prime Minister was hard-hitting on the public sector saying civil servants were failing in service delivery and in task performance.He said if things had to change in Namibia, good corporate governance had to start with the public sector which is the country’s largest employer with some 80 000 members of staff.”The public sector is a service delivery institution therefore good corporate governance is vital.All of us in the public sector should ask ourselves are we doing the best in terms of service delivery and are we being fair to the public,” said Angula.International corporate-governance guru Philip Armstrong gave a presentation outlining what good corporate governance entails adding that societies should be concerned about bad corporate governance and corruption as these are barriers to economic development and democracy.”Good corporate governance is integral to the growth necessary to meet the Millennium Development Goals through effectively governed companies in the listed, private and public sectors,” he said.Armstrong heads the Global Corporate Governance Forum, based in Washington DC, United States.The conference was jointly organised by the Centre for Training and Projects Development and A-Z Events Management Company.

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