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    Namibia: Training to Close Skills Gap - Ndishishi

    SENIOR government officials training in Singapore this week are expected to return and help at the Namibia Institute for Public Administration and Management (Nipam).

    Nipam executive director Andrew Ndishishi yesterday said the training of the 16 officials in Singapore paid for by the same government was to reduce the backlog at his institution.

    "The participants who are drawn from different sectors and environments will now be equipped with the skills to be able to coach, mentor and supervise project developments," he stated.

    The Namibian reported yesterday that 16 people comprising permanent secretaries, chief regional officers and local authorities' chief executive officers went on a costly training programme sponsored by Singapore on corporate governance and public administration.

    Ndishishi said upon their return, the officials are expected to transfer knowledge and skills through Nipam. He said they were provided with the materials for the five integrated flagship programmes offered by Nipam to compare with similar programmes in Singapore, and to advise Nipam on the shortfalls identified during the training.

    Among those who travelled to Singapore is urban and rural development permanent secretary Nghidinua Daniel, agriculture PS Percy Misika, trade PS Gabriel Sinimbo, and Nipam senior consultant Rebekka Kakololo.

    Also included are Otjiwarongo municipality CEO Ismael /Howoseb, //Karas chief regional officer Augustinus Ucham and Erwin Mpasi Katewa of the Kavango West Regional Council.

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