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Hon. Paul Smit

Hon. Paul Smit is a Namibian politician and farmer. He matriculated at Etosha High School, Tsumeb in 1971 after which he obtained his B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics in 1976 from the University of Orange Free State, Republic of South Africa.


From 1987-1997, Hon. Smit played a prominent role in the Namibia Agricultural Union, where he served as the NAU’s president from 1993-1997. He was the Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development from 2000-2010. He was also the Minister of Agriculture for part of 2004-2005. He served as a Member of Parliament between 2000-2010. Hon. Smit served in many other portfolios such the President’s Economic Advisory Council; Land Reform Advisory Council (1995-1998); AgriFutura: Board of Directors (1990-1999), among others. Currently, Hon. Smit is a farmer and also the chairperson of the Board of Trans-Namibia Holdings, since 2015.


Between 2000 – 2008, Hon. Smit played a prominent and strong leadership role in the development and implementation of the Horticulture Marketing Master Plan with an aim to enlarge horticulture production and enhance value addition in Namibia, as well as the Irrigation Master Plan (Green Scheme). He also played a leading role in establishing the four water commissions to manage common perennial rivers, the first in Africa.



Dr. Adeleke Salami

Dr. Adeleke Salami is a Senior Research Economist in the Development Research Department of the African Development Bank (AfDB). Prior to joining the Bank, he was a Senior Lecturer at Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, Nigeria. He served as the Head of Department of Economics and was a member of the University Senate. He participated in several interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research projects that have culminated in publications of several refereed journals. Adeleke Salami has also worked in the Agribusiness Department of Lever Brothers PLC (Now Unilever, PLC) in Nigeria on contract in 1988 and as a Principal Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for the World Bank-Assisted Ondo State Agricultural Development Program in 1990. He obtained a PhD Agricultural Economics in 2000 from the University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. His professional affiliations include Nigerian Economic Society, African Association of Agricultural Economist, America Economic Association, Western Economic Association International and the National Economic Association (USA). His research interests are in the area of public finance, agricultural policies and food security, poverty issues and development economics.



Dr. Vaino Shivute

Dr. Vaino Shivute is the Chief Executive Officer of Namibia Water Corporation (NamWater). After completing his Secondary School Education in 1973, he left for Zambia in 1974 where he was in exile. He subsequently enrolled at the United Nations Institute for Namibia, where he obtained a Diploma in Public Administration and Management. He then went on to the University of East Anglia in the U.K where he obtained a B.A in Development Studies, an MSc in Agricultural Research and a PhD in Agronomy. From 1991, he worked as Deputy Permanent Secretary and then as Permanent Secretary with the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development for ten years. In 2003, he was appointed as Acting Chief Executive Officer of NamWater and he was confirmed as Chief Executive Officer in that position in 2004. Dr. Shivute possesses skills in the area of Public Administration and Management as well as extensive experience in the agriculture and water sectors. One of his special interest is the area of cost recovery and tariff setting in the water sector.







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