Rundu Campus Host International Conference
ARIC 2016 - Charters the Africa we want
Themed “Shifting mind-sets from poverty to prosperity”, the Africa Redemption International Conference (ARIC) 2016, hosted by the Rundu Campus in collaboration with the Faculty of Economics and Management Sciences, brought together academic, practitioners and policy-makers to deliberate on issues that deter the continent from emerging from poverty. The three days conference, had presenters from Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, who shared their experiences and solutions towards the Conference theme.
The Conference was also attended by the Minister of Economic Planning and Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC), Hon Tom Alweendo; the Deputy Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Dr Becky Ndjoze- Ojo – who both gave thematic addresses. The keynote speaker was the German-Sierra Leonean born, Ms Mallence Bart-Williams, among other key regional public official attendees. “Funding for development in Africa has shifted from external sources and should now be sourced at home”, said Hon Alweendo, “as without the funding, the continent’s development aspirations will be elusive.” Simon Petrus, a grade 12 learner from Abraham Iyambo Senior Secondary School, who invented a mobile phone that does not need airtime to make calls, also narrated his story on the official opening day. “The lack of access to electricity and mobile network at my village, forced me to come up with these practical solutions”, narrated the 20 year old inventor.
A boat cruise on the mighty Kavango River concluded the well-attended Conference, to the delight of the presenters. The Conference produced a report, available to policy makers and the ordinary citizens, with contributions and recommendations made during the presentation sessions; that aim to articulate a post-poverty and pro-prosperity agenda, regionally as well as on the continent.