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Namibia’s Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila on Thursday urged continued efforts to combat hunger and poverty despite progress.

Speaking at the Bank of Namibia’s annual symposium, the prime minister said while Namibia has halved the number of people living under the poverty datum line from 60 percent in the past 20 years, economic challenges are still serious under child headed families and single parented families.

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“We have made tremendous progress in improving our economic situation but the current economic situation coupled with unfavourable climatic change pose a serious challenge to our goal of achieving an industrialized country by 2030,” she said.

The prime minister said structural challenges continue to affect the Namibian economy, a situation to which she said needs to be given special attention.

She stressed that unemployment among the youth now stands at 44 percent and above 38 percent among women, a situation that increases poverty among the vulnerable members of society.

“We need to work with our developmental partners to find ways of dealing with the various economic challenges as we find ways to move from a middle income country to a prosperous country,” she said. Enditem

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