This initiative further aims to manage big data in a cost-effective manner. Three primary areas of cooperative activities were identified under the agreement, namely: the collection, processing and dissemination of agricultural statistics; the collaboration of joint lectures and socio-economic research; and the facilitation of student in-service training.
“All the University’s Faculties, Centres and Institutes are expected to benefit from this MoU, based on the principle of cross-sectorial inter-disciplinary cooperation. For example, NUST has a high performance super computer housed by the India-Namibia Centre of Excellence in Information and Communication Technology. This can be harnessed to support this initiative,” remarked Dr Erold Naomab, NUST Vice-Chancellor.
Alex Shimuafeni, the NSA Statistician-General and CEO, commended the timing of the MoU. He emphasised that it is well aligned with the recent implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement, which aims to give the continent a common voice and policy space in global trade negotiations.
He further underscored the importance of the Agriculture sector in the country, highlighting that it contributed 9% to Namibia’s 2020 Gross Domestic Product.