NUST-NSA partner in managing agricultural data

With the aim to coordinate the collection, processing and dissemination of agriculture statistics, NUST and the Namibia Statistic’s Agency (NSA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) recently. At the University, the MoU will be managed by the University’s newly established Agricultural Trade Policy Institute (ATPI).

From left to right: Zuvee Kahitu, Senior Statistician: Agriculture at NSA; Abel Sindano, Executive: Economics at NSA; Alex Shimuafeni, Statistician-General & CEO of NSA; Dr Erold Naomab, NUST Vice-Chancellor; Prof Pramanathan Govender, NUST Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation; Dr Erling Kavita, NUST Acting Special Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor; Dr Colin Stanley, NUST Acting Dean of Computing and Informatics.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.

Date: 
Friday, June 11, 2021
for Month: 
June, 2021

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