Hifikepunye Pohamba, the former President of Namibia, receiving the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership
The Mo Ibrahim Foundation has hosted its annual Governance Weekend in Accra, Ghana with a number of events which saw Hifikepunye Pohamba, the former President of Namibia, receiving the 2014 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. The Ibrahim Prize recognises and celebrates excellence in African leadership. It is an annual US$5 million award paid over 10 years and US$200,000 annually for life thereafter.
Presenting the award to President Pohamba on Friday, November 20,
Dr Salim Ahmed Salim, Chair of the independent Prize Committee reiterated that President
Pohamba’s focus in forging national cohesion and reconciliation at a key stage of Namibia’s consolidation of democracy and social and economic development impressed the Prize Committee. adding that, his ability to command the confidence and the trust of his people is exemplary.
Accepting the Award, President Pohamba said:
“This honour is not for me alone. I accept it with a sense of great humility, on behalf of the Namibian people, who entrusted me, through democratic processes, to lead our country as President for two consecutive terms. Their commitment to uphold democracy and the rule of law made the modest achievements that were recorded during my tenure of office possible.”
Mo Ibrahim, the founder of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said:
“We need to change the narrative about African leadership. The world knows everything about our bad leaders, but nothing about our heroes, especially those who are doing wonderful things for their people. We need role models – we need heroes – to inspire and motivate our young people. President Pohamba is one of the unsung heroes of Africa.”
Statement by H. E. Charles B. Josob, 21 March 2016
Director of Ceremonies,
Honourable Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, our Chief Guest,
Your Excellencies, Members of the Diplomatic Corps,
Distinguished Invited Guests,
Members of the Media,
Friends of Namibia,
It is a great honour for me, on behalf of the Government and the people of Namibia, and indeed on my own behalf, to reiterate the welcome extended to you by my Deputy to this joyous occasion, the 26th Celebration of the Independence of the Republic of Namibia.
I am particularly delighted, that despite your busy schedules, you have accepted my invitation to celebrate this historic milestone for the Land of the Brave.
The excellent bilateral relations between Namibia and Ghana have always been characterized by a common vision and a desire to strengthen our cooperation. We continue to share a mutual vision and purpose in the struggle towards the consolidation of peace, economic emancipation and poverty eradication.
Ghana has always been the torch-bearer for freedom of the peoples of Africa in general, and Namibia in particular. We, therefore, reserve strong sentiment for the people of Ghana under the able leadership of H.E. John Dramani Mahama.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Today we are marking the first Anniversary of our Mission’s existence in this beautiful city of Accra with a sense of pride and satisfaction. During the past twelve months, the Mission has been streamlining operations and working to strengthen the already excellent bilateral relations between our two sister countries.
I am pleased to report that we have had delegations from home visiting Ghana over the past year to identify more areas of cooperation. Health, education and justice were the main areas of engagement during these visits. Namibia intends to send students to study in Ghana. It also has a keen interest in the Ghanaian Judicial system as well as the operations of the Ghanaian Students Loan Trust Fund. We intend to take the contacts and undertakings made in these areas of cooperation to their logical conclusion, whilst looking at other equally important areas.
It is our intention and we have already started engaging on other areas of cooperation with a focus on tourism, aquaculture, mining, as well as in the service sectors. I believe that cooperation in these areas will enable our two countries to address common challenges such as unemployment and poverty that many of our people still face. We must engage in these areas in our efforts to make sure that nobody is left behind in line with our commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Honourable Minister, Distinguished Captains of Industry,
The trade between Namibia and Ghana it’s still at a very low pace and level, Namibia is looking forward to import goods from Ghana such as textiles, gold, coffee, nuts, and timber just to mention a few. Namibia is in the process of searching for alternative markets for Namibian fish, beef, beverages and other meat products. We are confident that the Ghanaian and Namibian businesses can give meaning to this commitment. We are more than ready to facilitate all efforts at that.
Namibia’s quest to become a SADC gateway to Europe and the Americas is gaining momentum. The port of Walvis Bay is being expanded in order to cater for commodity export from and import to landlocked countries within SADC.
The expansion of Walvis Bay harbour will result in the development of several ‘super hubs’ in key locations in Namibia along the main corridors linking Namibia to its SADC neighbours. This will link up with Ghana’s own development of Tema port as a hub for West Africa. The logical conclusion is that the two hubs must link up and facilitate trade towards greater intra African trade.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is within the context of what I just said that, I am pleased to inform you that Namibia is organizing an International Investment Conference under the theme “The Journey Towards Prosperity for All”. This event is scheduled to take place from 12 - 13 May 2016 and its uniqueness is as follows:
It will showcase a pipeline of investment projects;
It will attract local, regional and international investors in targeted sectors that can contribute towards economic growth and job creation;
The ultimate goal of the show is to pair projects with investment capital in a focused and targeted manner and avoid the standard format of general investment attractiveness of the country;
Emphasis is on matching bankable projects with potential investors and;
The show is also meant to leverage on the embedded successes of the country such as the stable and attractive political environment, the high level of peace and security and Namibia’s effective governance policies.
It is against this background that I have the honour to invite all captains of industry to take this opportunity and participate in this historical event.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
Our continent and indeed the world, continue to face multiple challenges, such as political instability and natural disasters. These challenges are not insurmountable but we need to work together as nations and as economic blocks to seek solutions to our problems. Our continent should continue to stand together on issues that affect our countries and peoples.
The ongoing attacks on our sisterly countries by forces that seek to destabilize them cannot remain unchallenged. The African Union Peace and Security Architecture together with the United Nations must do its duty to make our countries peaceful and secure. We must equally work to make our societies more tolerant. This will take us forward in our quest for development and progress.
Honourable Minister, Your Excellencies,
Namibia is a product of international solidarity. It is in this context that it remains concerned about the lack of progress towards the realization of the inalienable rights of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence. We remain concerned about the developments in Western Sahara following the recent visit of the United Nations Secretary General. Namibia continues to insist on the immediate and unconditional of the UN Settlement Plan, which calls for a referendum in Western Sahara.
Namibia is also concerned about the impasse in the peace process between Palestine and Israel. Namibia calls on the international community to ensure the implementation of relevant UN Resolutions calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, existing side by side with the State of Israel.
Namibia remains committed to multilateral diplomacy. Thus, reaffirms the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN system, especially the Security Council, with a view to making it more representative, effective and democratic. Namibia’s position is fully consistent with the African Common Position as contained in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration respectively. Namibia will continue to work with Ghana and all its friends around the world to make reform a reality for the benefit of all. We will continue to make these calls and work towards their achievement.
Peace and security are essential conditions for development. Let us all work in our own small ways to achieve these two conditions in order to make this world a better place for all its inhabitants.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
May I once again, welcome you and wish you a pleasant stay and joyful celebration of our independence.
It is now my pleasure to invite you, to raise your glasses and join me in proposing a toast to the continued good health of His Excellency President John Mahama; and H.E. President Hage Geingob; and to the lasting bonds of friendship between the peoples of Ghana and Namibia and indeed between the peoples of Namibia and all the nations represented here tonight.
I thank you.
Statement by His Excellency Dr.Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia on the occasion of the 26th Independence Day Celebration
March 21, 2016
On this day, in 1990, our Founding Father, Comrade Sam Shafiishuna Nujoma, concluded his inaugural speech with the following remark, “I move in the name of the people, to declare that Namibia is forever free, sovereign and independent.” With these words, Comrade Nujoma paved the way for Namibia to begin its journey of Independence, which has resulted in over two decades of peace.
On this day in 2006, our second President, Comrade Hifikepunye Lukas Pohamba stood before us and declared,”a new dawn has set on our beautiful country.
Once again, we stand at the delicate moment when the nation pauses, takes a look at itself and recharges its energy and renews itself for the greater challenges that lie ahead. From this day onwards, our country will continue to coast towards the future as a united, democratic and prosperous nation.” With these words, Comrade Pohamba cemented the path of stability.
On this day in 2015, your third President in the form of yours truly said, “The nature of expectations is that the more they are met, the higher the level that is demanded. And rightly so. The overwhelming mandate given to the SWAPO Government and its Presidential candidate is a clear indication of the confidence my fellow citizens have in SWAPO and in me. It is also an indication of high expectations. After 25 years, people want food, clothing and shelter. They want jobs, better housing and good nutrition. They want a leader who will bring prosperity to the nation and they want that leader to act quickly.” With these words, Namibia began marching towards the eradication of poverty to the beat of No Namibian Should Feel Left out.
No matter which year or which President, 21 March is indeed the Day that the Lord has made and let us rejoice in it!
Director of Ceremonies;
Your Excellency, Ibrahim BoubacarKeïta,
President of the Republic of Mali;
Your Excellency, Founding Father, Comrade Sam ShafiishunaNujoma;
Your Excellency, Comrade Hifikepunye Lucas Pohamba;
Comrade NickeyIyambo, Vice President of the Republic of Namibia;
The Right HonourableSaaraKuugongelwaAmadhila, Prime Minister of the Republic of Namibia;
HonourableNetumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation;
Former President of Zambia, His Excellency Rupiah Bwezani Banda;
Your Excellency Salim Ahmed Salim, Former Foreign Minister and Prime Minister of the then United Republic of Tanzania and Former Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity;
Honourable Speaker of the National Assembly;
Your Honour, Chief Justice of the Republic of Namibia;
Honourable Chairperson of the National Council;
Honourable Ministers from Mali and Namibia;
Honourable Members of Parliament’
The First Ladies of the Republic of Namibia and Mali;
Distinguished Service Chiefs;
Leaders of Political Parties;
Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Traditional and Spiritual Leaders;
Distinguished Invited Guests;
Members of the Media;
I would like to extend a warm welcome to my brother, and our Guest of Honour, His Excellency Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, President of the Republic of Mali, Madam Aminata Maiga Keïta, First Lady of Mali and the entire delegation from the Republic of Mali. We are honoured to welcome our friends, who have travelled a long distance to join us in the spirit of Pan African Solidarity, as we celebrate our Independence Day.
Let me also welcome several other special guests and friends from Africa and further afield who have graced this occasion with their presence. I acknowledge the presence of His Excellency Rupiah Bwezani Banda, former President of the Republic of Zambia; and His Excellency Salim Ahmed Salim, Former Prime Minister of the United Republic of Tanzania and Secretary General of the Organization of African Unity and Honourable Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State, Nigeria.
We are grateful to all of you, for having decided to be with us, at this joyous occasion.
As a nation, we pride ourselves on the principles of Democracy, Unity, Peace and Stability and the Rule of Law that we enjoy. These principles form a part of a foundation characterized by a sound and robust Governance Architecture, which is globally recognized and lauded.
Pan African Icon Kwame Nkurumah once said, “ we are going to demonstrate to the world, to the other nations, that we are prepared to lay our foundation- our own African personality.” Through gaining Independence, and establishing the legacy of three leaders, who I refer to as the trinity, Namibia has demonstrated to the world, that we are prepared to lay our foundation- our own, Namibian and African Personality.
There are some- and they are a small minority- that would like to suggest that no progress was made since independence and that government spending priorities are misplaced. During my state of the Nation address, I will dedicate adequate time in order to provide my rebuttal to this wrongly placed notion. Let me however, highlight two or three facts that prove that pre independence Namibia and post independence Namibia are miles apart. Firstly, with regards to the economy, it is noteworthy that in 1990, our GDP stood at a mere N$5.5 billion. Per capita GDP was only Two Thousand, Four Hundred and Twenty Five Namibia Dollars in 1990.
At present our GDP has increased to N$166 billion, an increase of 30 fold. At the same time, per capita GDP had increased to N$63,000 by 2014. In 1990 our manufacturing sector was worth only N$290 million; it has increased to N$15 billion. That is not all, the total budget tabled in 1990 was N$2 billion and the capital or development budget only N$254 million. In this current fiscal year, the capital budget alone is worth N$9 billion, and we will spend N$1.2 billion on students funding through the Namibia Students Financial Assistance Fund. The education and health sectors continue to receive the bulk of state resources. This clearly demonstrates our commitment and prioritization of developing a Namibia where all Namibians may prosper.
Namibia’s economy has continued to grow at an average of 5% in recent years, despite the global commodities downturn which has severely affected resource based countries. Our macro-economic architecture is sound and characterized by decades of growth and stability. It is pertinent that we focus our attention on the gaps within our socio-economic architecture and the disparity in income inequality.
After 26 years, it is time to focus on the objective of prosperity for all. It gives me pride to stand before you today, a day which also marks my first year as President. Our shared aspirations are communicated through slogans which most Namibians have embraced such as “No Namibian Should Feel Left Out,” “War on Poverty,” “One Namibia, One Nation and of course “Harambee”.
This was done with the knowledge that it was only through embracing our sense of national identity and unity that we can tackle the huge task of eradicating poverty. Our lofty poverty eradication ambitions were ridiculed until the United Nations Sustainable Goals also set a target to eradicate and not just reduce poverty by 2030. Let us dream big and work tirelessly to implement our aspirations. Pulling in the same direction is critical in making headway to this goal and resisting centrifugal forces which seek to pull us apart. Henry Ford encapsulated the essence of team work by saying, “Coming together is the beginning, staying together is progress and working together is success.”
Under “One Namibia, One Nation”, we come together under the concept of “No Namibian Should Feel Left out”. We stay together in the spirit of Harambee and we work together to achieve success. Success will mean that we have built a Namibian House in which every Namibian shall be able to pursue the goal of individual and collective responsibility.
We have institutionalized the poverty eradication mandate through the creation of the Ministry of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare. Staying true to the principle of consultative leadership, Town Hall Meetings in all 14 regions allowed for robust and constructive engagement with you, the citizens. Namibians from all walks of life crowded the community centres and discussed their challenges and proposed solutions with members of my Cabinet and I.
In the past weeks, consultations were also held with numerous socio-economic stakeholders which, among others, included trade unions, business leaders, the youth and agricultural unions. The views and concerns articulated on these various platforms have been distilled into the Harambee Prosperity Plan and will inform the socio-economic interventions of Government. It is said that failing to plan is tantamount to planning to fail. As Kwame Nkrumah says, “Action without thought is empty. Thought without action is blind.” We are neither blind nor deaf. We listen, we think and then we act. This is why we declared 2016 as the Year of Implementation.
The war on poverty runs concurrently with the war on corruption and their respective root causes. I am committed to the policy of transparency and in this regard, I want to inform all domestic and international investors that the Presidency will always welcome courtesy visits but the tendency to seek appointment for the discussion of business plans and tenders is not welcome. No meetings will be entertained in this regard and my advice is that those requiring guidance seek the counsel of Line Ministersor technocrats. This is to encourage the process of a multi-layered decision-making process which encourages transparency and discourages favouritism, secrecy and name-dropping. The Public Procurement Act will ensure transparency and effectiveness in the public procurement system. The Whistle Blowers Protection Bill seeks to protect those who wish to provide truthful and traceable evidence of corruption without suffering victimization. We need to move away from innuendo and rumour mongering and move towards providing evidence. Corruption is about ethics and those who are uninvolved, but aware of corrupt activities yet remain silent. Those who falsely accuse others of corruption and those who succumb to the solicitation of bribes are part of the problem.
The Harambee Prosperity Plan is built on the pillars of Effective Governance, Economic, Social and Infrastructure Development and seeks to build on the progress that we have made to date.
The Plan presents the first practical steps over the next four year on how to deliver on our prosperity promise. I look forward to unpacking the details of this plan during my State of the National Address in two weeks time.
Excellencies, comrades and fellow Namibians,
After 26 years, Namibia’s democracy has reached a level of maturity which allows us to reflect on our past achievements, identify challenges and together, plan for the future. Due to our unity as a people, we stand on the solid foundation that will support our shared aspirations.
As I come to my conclusion, I urge all Namibians to cherish the House we have built over these past 26 years, the House earmarked for all Namibian men and women, girls and boys.
Let us celebrate our unity without uniformity. Let us celebrate our diversity without division. Let us disagree, without being disagreeable.
There is an African proverb which says that “A family tie is like a tree, it can bend but it cannot break.” On this 26th day of independence, let us reaffirm our ties as the Namibian family, living in the Namibian House. We are united and although we might bend, we will never be broken.
Happy Birthday Namibia! One Namibia, One Nation!
Long live the Spirit of Harambee!
Long live the Namibian House!
Long Live the Republic of Mali!
Long Live Africa.
Statement by H.E Charles B Josob
25 Anniversary of Namibia`s Independence 2015
His Excellency CHARLES B JOSOB,High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to
the Republic of Ghana
On behalf of the Government and people of Namibia, I want to, reiterate the welcome extended to you by my Deputy. This morning, those who were privileged to witness in person and some of us using the internet, have seen the peaceful handing over of power in our capital between His Excellency President Pohamba and President-elect His Excellency Hage G. Geingob. President Geingob has become the third democratically elected President of our Republic.
Today is therefore an occasion for us to celebrate the peace and tranquility that we enjoy in Namibia, the development we have seen since the achievement of self-determination in 1990 and indeed the enormous expectations for performance resting on the shoulders of our new Head of State and Government and his government. I am Pleased to inform you that the President on Thursday announced his Cabinet. Membersof Parliament were sworn in on Friday. This means that by next Monday Government will continue to operate without interruption with its new office bearers.
Director of Ceremonies
As we celebrate our jubilee we remember the millions of Africans and many other people from the continents of the world whohave made a contribution to our attainment of peace and independence. In this regard, we will always remember the invaluable support that the people of Ghana provided to our Namibian brothers and sisters. We indeed owe the people of Ghana an immeasurable debt of gratitude.
The Independence, prosperity and peace that we enjoy today in Namibia did not come about on a silver platter. Independence was won following a protracted struggle, which spanned almost 100 years.
We recall the battles fought by Jacob Marenga and Hendrik Witbooi in the southern parts of our country; those fought by Samuel Maharero in central and eastern Namibia and indeed those fought by Mandume Nemufayo, Nehale Mpingana and Iipumbu ya Shilongo in the North. SWAPO’s battles in Angola and Northern Namibia supported by Cuban and Angolan forces finally broke the back of Apartheid South Africa leading to our Independence.
Once independent, the challenges of a severely racially segregated nation demanded concerted efforts from the SWAPO Party Government to reconcile the nation; to provide for each citizen in terms of his/her rights and to develop the country whilst maintaining peace and security.
Our government has made steadfast progress in bridging all the challenges confronting the nation at independence.
-Namibia is today rated 7th “Clean country” by Transparency International’s Corruption Index;
-It is ranked as a country with the freest press in Africa by Reporters without Borders,
-It is equally ranked 25th by World Economic Forum in terms of its banking system, which is regulated through a prudent monetary policy;
-It also attracked consistent BBB plus ratings from Fitch and Standard & Poor
Director of Ceremonies,
The ratings and achievements I have mentioned are not to gloat but merely to inform friends around the table that their sacrifices and support have not been in vain. Our engagement with Ghana is equally to give meaning to those ideals that President Nkrumah lived and died for the freedom and development of every African country.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, between our two countries, Ghana was very quick to establish the High Commission of the Republic of Ghana in Windhoek. We have been engaging Ghana through our Mission in Abuja, Nigeria. This distant engagement has not been able to properly serve the intentions of our two countries. A decision was, therefore, taken at the highest level and our Parliament endorsed it to open a resident Mission in Accra.
Director of Ceremonies,
Today I have the enviable and distinguished honour to announce that the Republic of Namibia has reciprocated Ghana's gesture by opening its High Commission in Accra. Our office, is as some of you may know, located in the Airport Residential Area. You will not miss the Namibian and the African Union flags as you travel down Nortei-Ababio Street. I implore you to stop and pay a visit. I want to take this opportunity to thank my predecessors for the work they have done thus far albeit from Abuja. I equally thank my Ghanaian counterparts for their contributions, past and present.
Director of Ceremonies,
Since the early 1990s our leaders and officials have been exchanging high level and technical visits aimed at deepening co-operation in a number of areas. His Excellency President Sam Nujoma, our founding President and Father of the Nation exchanged visits with former President His Excellency Jerry John Rawlings. He equally paid a visit to Ghana during the Presidency of former President John Kufour. President Hifikepunye Pohamba during his term also exchanged visits with the late PresidentProf. John Atta Mills.
These visits had as its purpose the enhancement of trade and investment, defence, health, education, fisheries and transport. The opening of the Namibian High Commission in Accra will therefore, add greater impetus to those ideals.
His Excellency President Pohamba whilst commissioning us as Heads of Mission in November last year stated that, and I quote:“I underline that particular focus should be placed on the priority economic sectors such as industrialization and manufacturing, value addition to our natural resources, information and communication technology and agriculture in order to promote job creation for the people of Namibia, especially the Youth” end of quote. It is needless to say that, embedded in this charge is the need for pursuing win-win solutions for both Namibia and Ghana.
The President equally reminded us that, we should be well-rounded diplomats who understand the complex issues of bilateral co-operation. I can assure you Your Excellencies and Distinguished Guests that my staff and I take this charge very seriously and will work hard to make Namibia-Ghana relations a win-win engagement.
Within the framework of our bilateral co-operation, we are equally tasked to explore and identify new areas of co-operation, including on tourism, aquaculture, textiles, and agriculture. The services sector equally remains an important area for engagement. This is an area that we many a times do not pay enough attention to. We believe that co-operation in these areas will enable our countries to address common challenges of unemployment and poverty. In this regard, it is vital for our two countries to exchange experiences and expertise on how best to advance towards economic freedom.
Director of Ceremonies
We are satisfied by the progress that has been made in some areas of bilateral co-operation. Amongst us we have a seasoned and now retired diplomat from Ghana, Ambassador Debrah. Ambassador Debrah has assisted us with the setting up the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and many of us have gone through his tutelage. We thank you Ambassador.
The signing of the Bilateral Air Services Agreement in 1997 was another importdevelopment important development. This agreement has seen the entry of Air Namibia, our national airline into the Ghanaian market. It is regrettable that Air Namibia’s flights were suspended last year due to economic imperatives. I will,however, work tirelessly to facilitate the re-introduction of direct flights of our airline from Windhoek to Accra sooner rather than later.
The Agreement on the Protocol for the establishment of the Permanent Joint Commission for Cooperation is another important engagement mechanism. This Agreement was signed, to enable the two countries to strengthen the long standing friendship and cooperation especially in the political, economic, commercial, industrial, scientific, legal, education, social, cultural and sport sectors. Some elements of this Agreement have been implemented. We however need to work harder on both sides of our partnership to give full meaning to it.
The African Union Commission seeks to stear the continent to economic freedom and integration. It is an ideal that we all embrace but it remains what it is – an ideal. We have seen a lot of progress on our regional efforts towards integration in all regions. I want to call on all of us to redouble our efforts in all areas of our engagement individually and collectively to make this ideal a reality.
Director of Ceremonies
Peace is essential for development. We cherish it in Namibia and actively work towards its maintenance in SADC, the continent and the world at large. I am pleased to point out that the SADC Region has made efforts to find peaceful solutions to the political crisis in Madagascar by consistently calling upon the Malagasy parties to implement the Road Map. This sisterly nation is now on its way to full constitutional normalcy.
The Kingdom of Lesotho inaugurated a new Prime Minister a few days ago following the successful brokering of peace by SADC in that sisterly country. SADC continues to deal with the situation in other sisterly countries to guarantee peace and development in the region.
We continue to be worried about developments on the continent that threaten progress and peace. We appreciate efforts made to deal with these crises.
Let us equally continue to work for peace and development wherever we are engaging our brothers and sisters. Let us work to remove those things that cause our people to revolt. Development, integrity and social inclusion are three things that seem to work for us.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
As I have pointed out already, Namibia is a product of international solidarity. We are where we are because of the contributions that many of your nations, and indeed the United. Nations has made as a collective. It is in this context that we remain concerned about the lack of progress towards the realization of the inalienable rights of the Saharawi people to self-determination and independence. We continue to insist on the immediate and unconditional implementation of the UN Settlement Plan, which calls for a referendum in Western Sahara.
This plan will open the door for the completion of the African decolonization chapter.
Namibia is also concerned about the impasse in the peace process between Palestine and Israel. We call on the international community to ensure the implementation of relevant UN Resolutions calling for the establishment of an independent Palestinian State, existing side by side with the State of Israel. We are happy that the people of Israel were able to exercise their democratic right to elect their leaders as we have witnessed last Tuesday. We want the same for Palestinian people albeit as a free nation.
Namibia remains committed to multilateral diplomacy. Thus, we reaffirm the need for a comprehensive reform of the UN system, especially the Security Council, with a view to making it more representative, effective and democratic. Our position is fully consistent with the African Common Position as contained in the Ezulwini Consensus and the Sirte Declaration respectively. We will continue to work with the Republic of Ghana and all our friends around the world to make reform a reality for the benefit of all.
Having said all the things that bringsus to Accra, may I once again, welcome you and wish you a pleasant stay at this joyful event.
Honourable Minister, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is now my pleasure to invite you all to join me in proposing a toast to the continued good health of His Excellency President John Dramani Mahama and His Excellency President Hage Geingob as well as to the lasting bonds of friendship between the peoples of Ghana and Namibia.
I thank you.
Director of Ceremonies, Distinguished Guests
Namibia and Ghana are not islands unto themselves. The legacy of Dr Kwame Nkrumah has been such that Africa is now almost completely, free. We however continue to face multiple challenges, such as political instability and natural disasters.
These challenges are not insurmountable but we need to work together as nations and as economic blocks to seek solutions to problems. African solutions to African problems is what I am tempted to repeat.
Namibia to deepen trade relations with Ghana
Deputy Head of Mission, Mr. Gabriel Shaanika addressing the press at the launch of the Namibian High Commission in Accra
The Deputy High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to Ghana, Mr. Gabriel Shaanika has stressed on the country’s objective and strong will to build on relations with Ghana as a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and the African Union.
He made the statement at the press launch of the High Commission of the Republic of Namibia in Accra.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Shaanika noted that “Namibia and Ghana have a long standing excellent political relationship. Now much more is needed to strengthen the relationship in terms of trade and investment. Over the years, both countries have contributed to the economic wellbeing of each other. It is very important to strengthen the relationship between our two countries and to initiate more trade and investment projects to boost our economies. With Agriculture in common, Namibia will seek to explore local partnerships with Government and local organizations.”
He further added that permanent representation in Ghana will ensure continuity of the existing cooperation between Ghana and Namibia.
The Namibian High Commission will serve as the one and only representation of Namibia in Ghana.
The office will offer visa and consular services, travel and tourism advice and also serve as a council for trade and investment.
Namibia attained independence in March 1990 after a protracted struggle.
Mr. Sam Nujoma was elected the first president and is referred to as the Founding President and Father of the Namibian nation.
The country has subsequently developed into a haven of peace and stability, in its practice of multi-party democracy.
It shares borders with Angola, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa, and on the west by the Atlantic Ocean. It is rich in diamonds, beef products and fish from its expansive territorial waters.