WINDHOEK The Australia Awards are a cornerstone of the Australian government’s development partnership with Namibia. Through specialised post-graduate short courses, the Australia Awards provide enhanced leadership, knowledge and technical skills to government departments, tertiary institutions and other organisations that drive economic growth and sustainable development in Namibia. “We now have over 100 alumni in Namibia, many of whom are in senior leadership positions and positively shaping their country’s future”, says Adam McCarthy, the Australian High Commissioner to Namibia. Australia Awards in Namibia focus on areas that are essential to supporting sustainable economic growth and that align with government policy priorities, including those outlined in the Fourth National Development Plan, such as agricultural productivity and management of natural resources for the extractive and tourism industries. “Australia has developed one of the most efficient and innovative agricultural sectors in the world, despite – or perhaps because of – challenging ecological conditions that are comparable to conditions in many African countries”, says McCarthy. “Australia is also renowned for being one of the world’s leading extractives and energy producers. As such, Australia is uniquely placed to provide specialised post-graduate training to Namibian professionals in these areas.” While the Awards have a strong focus on supporting public sector employees, the programme is also open to private sector and civil society applicants, recognising the important role that these sectors play, together with the public sector, in supporting sustainable growth and job-and livelihood-creation. The Australian government recognises that significant benefits flow to whole communities when women can fully participate in economic, social and political life. As such, the Australia Awards promote equal participation by women and men, and ensures that people with disabilities are given a fair and equal opportunity to compete for and undertake the Awards. Applications for Short Courses close on December 18. More information is available on the website: www.australiaawardsafrica.org. For more information please contact: Ana Kabalu, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Email: email@example.com; Tel: 012 423 6136, or Otae Mkandawire, Communications Manager, Australia Awards in Africa; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call Tel: 012 362 4360.
New Era Reporter
2015-09-16 11:20:39 3 years ago