Windhoek (sb) - The German federal government has mobilized additional funds of 1.5 million euros (around N $ 30 million) to assist the Namibian government in the fight against the corona pandemic. This was recently announced in writing by the Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German embassy in Windhoek. The funds will benefit the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development, the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Commerce and supplement a sum of N $ 290 million that has already been donated within the framework of the German development cooperative.
Through the StartUp Namibia program, which is carried out by GIZ in cooperation with the Ministry of Commerce, 200 selected start-up companies have already received grants of N $ 15,000 each on a competitive basis. A second round will start at the beginning of September, in which 500 newly founded and small growing companies will benefit from the # COVID19 StartUp Grant.
As part of the GIZ project “Transport, Mobility, Logistic”, mobile health clinics are also to be improved and expanded along the transport routes. This is done in collaboration with the Walvis Bay Corridor Group Health Service. “The construction of up to three additional mobile clinic containers in Keetmanshoop, Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo is planned. This includes the provision of the necessary hygiene products and the payment of salaries for the clinic staff for up to four months, ”the statement said.
According to the statement, assessments were carried out within the framework of the project for an inclusive and sustainable urban development (ISUD) in order to identify the measures necessary to ensure that informal markets meet the required hygiene standards. Implementation is guaranteed by the ISUD project that GIZ carries out in cooperation with the responsible ministry and the Agency for Local Economic Development (LEDA).