Permanent Secretary Permanent Secretary

Mr Peter Amutenya
Permanent Secretary

Peter Amutenya re-joined the Ministry of Land Reform as a Permanent Secretary in 2015. He was educated in Zambia, Tanzania, France, Tasmania as well as in Namibia. Amutenya is an MBA (Marine Resources Management) holder from the University of Tasmania in addition to his BSc and MSc (Science Economique) qualifications from the Univesité Paris.


Peter Amutenya started his career as a researcher in 1990 with the Namibia Economic Policy Research Unit (NEPRU). Among his notable research areas at NEPRU, one should cite the economic operation viability of the Namibian rock lobster industry; socioeconomic implications over the erection of the Namibian/Angolan veterinary cordon fence; fisheries postharvest value addition; agrarian reform and food security. He has also undertaken research and written articles over the implications of a Namibia/European Union (EU) fisheries agreement.


He joined the Civil Service in 1993 as Chief Economist in the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources. While working in the marine environment, he provided the advisory services on the issues related to the granting of fishing rights and allocation of fishing quotas, the socio-economic implications resulting from the harvesting of living marine resources, and the formulation and development of conservation measures. Another national task undertaken involved the coordination and implementation of monitoring, control and surveillance activities inside and outside the Namibian Exclusive Economic Zone plus fisheries legislation enforcement.


Peter Amutenya’s expertise is not only confined to the marine environment. Balanced with the terrestrial atmosphere, he coordinated and spearheaded the formulation and development of the National Land Policy 1998, and the Communal Land Reform Act, 2002. He was instrumental in the drafting of the Concept Note the basis on which the development of the Namibian communal areas was further formulated.


His attendance of the Paris International Conference in Solidarity with the Struggling Namibian People in 1983, as well as the Second Brussels Conference on Namibia in 1986 has exposed and imparted to him certain ethics and discipline in working with people of different background, different nationalities, and different levels of education and academic achievements.


On international arena and his continuous enthusiasm towards the well-being of marine environment and its resources, Peter Amutenya was entrusted with Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) and Commission for the Conservation of the Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) responsibilities. He headed the Namibian delegations to the FAO Committee on Fisheries and Trade sessions. In addition, he has been the Head of the Namibian delegation to the FAO sessions which drafted the International legal binding instruments to combat, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing in 2007 to 2009. Between 2001 and 2010, he has been the head of the Namibian delegation to the Hobart-based CCAMLR. In 2007 to 2008, he became the Chairperson of CCAMLR, an international fisheries organisations consisting of 21 biggest fishing nations in the World.


Peter Amutenya forms part of the family that subscribes to the principles of sustainable utilisation of natural resources, and he enjoys reading and writing.