Namibia’s national development strategy is embedded in Vision 2030 whose key aspiration is to rapidly transform itself into a high income, more equitable and knowledge-based economy. The broad goals of the strategy are to accelerate economic growth and social development, eradicate poverty and social inequality, reduce unemployment and curb the toll and excesses of HIV/AIDS. Namibia’s aspiration and her development strategy will entail a rapid development of a knowledge and innovation system comprising educated and skilled manpower and an effective scientific and technological base capable of supporting the development of knowledge based technology driven industries, constant generation of new knowledge, and the creation of technologies for higher value added productivity.
The urge to reform her economy is motivated on the one hand by the need to accelerate economic growth and partly by realization that future economic competitiveness will be driven by enhanced capacity to apply knowledge generally, and in particular scientific knowledge and technology, to improve productivity and increase the value and variety of products from the country’s key economic resources. Notwithstanding the favourable investment environment and mineral-based natural resource base, Namibia lacks a policy framework and strategy for developing a solid research, science and technology base to meet the challenges of higher value added productivity.