The Ministry of Lands and Resettlement has inaugurated members of the National Land Reform Forum.
The overall objective of the 23 members of the Forum will be to contribute to peace, economic and social stability in the country through a sustainable land reform process.
This will ensure the involvement of the private and public sectors, civil society and non-governmental ogranisations in the process.
The Ministry's Permanent Secretary, Lidwina Shapwa notes that land reform in Namibia faces many challenges and that the establishment of the forum is long overdue.
Shapwa maintains that Namibia is doing well in terms of land reform, compared to other African countries, but that the system needs to be strengthened.
On his part, Lands and Resettlement Minister Alpheus !Naruseb is hopeful that members of the National Land Reform Forum will work towards finding lasting solutions to land problems in the country.
!Naruseb calls on the members to use the recommendations of the 1991 National Land Conference and subsequent land policies to guide their operations.
He notes that land is crucial to the survival of all inhabitants and that it needs to be addressed urgently.
Members of the Forum are drawn from relevant agencies and institutions and will serve for a two-year term with the possibility of re-appointment.