Minister of Works, Transport, and Communication Joel Kaapanda of Namibia

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potential, utilise transport and trade opportunities.
of government and the private sector.
Minister of Information and Communication Technology Joel Kaapanda said the meeting provided the best learning opportunity for members of NAMPRO.
INFORMATION and Communication Technology Minister Joel Kaapanda has refuted claims that embittered Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) Board Chairperson Ponhele Ya France has been fired.
Earlier in an exclusive interview with Informant, Kaapanda said that he had only ordered Ya France, as Board Chairperson, to take charge and become accountable for the broadcasting parastatals worsening financial situation.
Kaapanda was not a Cabinet minister at that time.
Information Minister Joel Kaapanda had given him the charges to which he responded more than a month ago, he said.
She was referring to an earlier incident when an emotional Ya France informed the NBC television news crew that Kaapanda had dismissed him verbally on September 22 last year.
Although Kaapanda denied the claim, The Namibian reported on a secret Cabinet document which the Minister had prepared and which recommended Ya France’s dismissal because of irreconcilable differences.
Kaapanda had previously stated that Ya France was passing information to NBC Director General Bob Kandetu which the two of them had discussed in confidence.
Now Minister Joel Kaapanda has called on MTC, Namibia Telecom (NT) and CellOne to stop their "public squabbles", according to newspaper The Namibian.
Kaapanda said although absolute equity might not be achieved now, there is need to mitigate the situation by looking at policies in place.
Welcoming India's proposal to upgrade the rail network, Kaapanda said the country can also provide technical expertise in developing ports, locomotives and aviation sector to help it become a major logistics hub.
distress messages at sea as well as between sea and shore.
Kaapanda said the workshop was aimed at exploring ways that will enable SMMEs become viable and contribute meaningfully to the country’s economy.
Willem Konjore, who previously headed the environment and tourism ministry, has been moved to look after the youth, national service, sports and culture portfolio, while Joel Kaapanda is now the new minister of information and communication technology.