The Government of Namibia says it will take over a bigger role in the exploitation of marine resources unlike in the past when private companies were at the forefront. Namibia
It said the government’s involvement in the industry through the fisheries ministry and state-owned company was minimal. As part of the reforms, the Namibian government will also get its share of fishing quotas as well as being a rightsholder.
According to the Attorney General, Shackey Shanghala, the government is working on a comprehensive law that will pave way for a broader participation.
Shanghala said one of the reasons the government wants a bigger role is to be able to decided how much it can set aside for drought situations.
The other reason is to avoid a situation where private companies that have issues with state decisions can approach the courts like what happened last year with Namsov Fishing that dragged government to court over quota allocations that had been reduced.
The information minister Tjekero Tweya last month said Cabinet had agreed to amend the Marine Resources Act of 2000.
Tweya said this was arrived at “to provide sovereign rights of the state and further control of marine resources and for the matters incidental thereto”.
As part of the changes, the National Fishing Corporation Act of 1991 will also be amended so that it has more powers over marine resources.
Shanghala said the amendments are in their final phase told the media Monday that the proposed changes were now with the Cabinet committee on legislation and from there, it will be taken to the National Assembly for debate. Enditem

Source: Xinhua


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