Minister of Finance

Public service wage bill to cost N$29 billion this year

Public service wage bill to cost N$29 billion this year

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri It has emerged that Namibia will fork out a total of N$29 billion for salaries and benefits for its civil service this year, which translates into about N$2.4 billion monthly. According to the Minister of Finance, Iipumbu Shiimi, “annually we spend N$29 billion and if you divide that by 12 it would roughly be N$2,4 billion to N$2,5 billion monthly, same goes for last year. It’s more or less the same.” This revelation has raised concern whether Government could afford it considering its precarious financial position, with the minister maintaining that Government will still continue to honour bonuses,…
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Namibia secures N$1.8 billion German loans

Namibia secures N$1.8 billion German loans

Kandjemuni Kamuiiri Namibia and Germany on Tuesday signed a N$ 1.8 billion loan agreement, which will fund three programmes in the areas of water, infrastructure and food production. Minister of Finance, Iipumbu Shiimi, and German Ambassador, Herbert Beck, signed the agreements on behalf of their respective countries. According to Shiimi, financing will be provided by interest-reduced loans in local currency, thereby securing favourable credit conditions for the Government of Namibia. “These projects will support the development of important water and other climate related infrastructure projects in Namibia, and the promotion of agricultural households and micro, small and medium-sized enterprises through…
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Beer, wine drinkers to pay more

Beer, wine drinkers to pay more

Staff writer Wine and beer lovers who have been unable to purchase or consume their alcoholic beverages of choice as a result of state of emergency regulations will face higher prices for their drinks of choice on June 3rd when stage three of the post-pandemic re-opening of Namibia begins. This comes after Minister of Finance, Iipumbu Shiimi, on Wednesday announced the 2020/2021 budget containing additional ‘sin taxes’ on alcohol and tobacco to raise money for depleted state coffers. This will be of interest to those that have been unable to purchase alcohol since the nation went into the state of…
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