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16 April 2018, MEDIA STATEMENT

SUBJECT: NAMIBIA CONCERNED ABOUT THE SITUATION IN SYRIA

The Government of the Republic of Namibia is deeply concerned about the ongoing developments in Syria.

As a State Party to the UN chemical Weapons Convention, Namibia welcomes the Statement issued by the African Union on 15th April 2018, on the situation regarding Syria.

For the sake of the people of Syria and peace in general, we call on the UN Security Council to live up to its Charter obligations and find a lasting solution to bring about peace in Syria, through peaceful means.

Unilateral action is incompatible with the UN Charter and risks undermining the effectiveness of the very institution created to resolve conflict.

The United Nations Security Council must remain united and pursue common justice, peace, security and stability through dialogue and diplomacy based on the principles of multilateralism.
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ISSUED BY: Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

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by Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister
12 April 2018, National Assembly

In her budget speech, the Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah, also spoke on issues such as disarmanent as well as Palestine and Western Sahara. She also spoke out against the recent declaration by United States of Jerusalem as a Capital of Israel, amongst others. She said:

"The world should not only view disarmament through biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, but also through conventional weapons, especially small arms and light weapons that are creating instability in most of the developing countries, especially some parts of Africa. There is a clear link between crime and the proliferation of small arms that must not be lost. This will be Namibia's core message when we shall participate at the forthcoming review conference of the parties to the UN convention on Small Arms and Light Weapons. It is important that as a country, we speak with one voice on the subject matter.

"Maintenance of peace is an important facet of our foreign policy. The long and bitter struggle against apartheid colonialism remains a fundamental factor that inform andshape our foreign policy. Our commitment to the inherent right of people’s self-determination and independence influence our foreign policy. This is why  we continue to steadfastly speak out against the occupation of Western Sahara and Palestine, because we have lived it, and have felt the dehumanisation that comes with .

"Namibia denounces the recent declaration by United States of Jerusalem as a Capital of Israel. We strongly reject recent attempts aimed at altering the character, status and demographic composition of the City of Jerusalem. Such attempts continue to violate the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people to self-determination and independence. We continue to call for the full implementation of all relevant UN Resolutions on Western Sahara and Palestine, and reiterate our commitment to the two-state solution with East Jerusalem as the Capital of the State of Palestine."

To read the full budget speech, please click here...

STATE OF THE NATION ADDRESS BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. HAGE G. GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA, WINDHOEK, 11 APRIL 2018

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Today, I am in front of you to deliver my penultimate State of the Nation Address, as the third President of the Republic of Namibia. It also marks the mid-term point since the launch of the Harambee Prosperity Plan on 06 April 2016. As enjoined by the Constitution in Article 32(2), the State of the Nation Address accords opportunity to the Head of State to account to the nation on how far we have come as a people. This Address will account on the implementation status of national developmental programmes for the period under review, and inform priorities for the year ahead against the thematic pillars of:

  • Effective Governance and Service Delivery
  • Economic advancement
  • Social progression
  • Infrastructure Development
  • International Relations and Cooperation

In my inaugural SONA delivered on 21 April 2015, I envisioned a strong, united, inclusive and prosperous Namibian House, a place of peace and refuge for all its residents. This narrative is now widely embraced and expressions such as “No Namibian should feel left out”, “pull together in the same direction”, “the spirit of Harambee” and “One Namibia, One Nation”, have all become part of the daily discourse and shared notion of nationhood. (...)

Please click here to continue reading the President's full State of the Nation address

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The President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob, addressing the audience at the independence celebrations on 21 March 2018 at Tsumeb. (Please click on the photo to watch part of the President's speech as broadcasted by Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC)

President Dr Geingob reminded Namibians that "(o)ur goal was to unite the people of our vast land, irrespective of race, religion, gender or ethnic origin – for a democratic, vibrant and peace-loving nation to prosper." He recalled that "we needed to build a new Namibia. A Namibia in which the chains of the injustices of the past would be broken and the protection of each citizen the reason why a Government is elected became a reality."

Taking stock of the period since assuming office as Head of State, he noted that "after speaking to Namibians in town-hall meetings, (I) rolled-out the Harambee Prosperity Plan as an implementation tool of the 2014 Swapo Party Manifesto. A narrative around nation building and inclusivity, and fast-tracking the National Development Plan is now part of our Governance Architecture".

"We have made tangible gains in infrastructure provision, social protection, economic advancement and effective governance. Recently, our roads were rated the best in Sub-Saharan Africa. Poverty rates have fallen; more children are in school; and better social services are provided to the majority."

He admitted "that we would have loved to sustain a higher rate of progress and implementation. But we had to contend with independent intervening variables beyond our control. The past four years have been fraught with “headwinds”, brought about by a global economic downturn, characterized by falling commodity prices and exchange rate fluctuations. This “perfect storm” as some have termed it has had a direct impact on our economy and revenue base".

"We have as a result implemented the biggest expenditure cuts since independence."

The President cautioned that in this Year of Reckoning, the nation "should guard against the existence of 'Silo Mentalities' across Government Ministries, Agencies and Offices and the overall lack of cooperation and coordination between officials. We must equally guard against tribalism and racism".

"The Namibia we fought for belongs to all of us, and we will not allow the retrogressive mentalities to return to our land." (...)

H.E. the President explained that the "Government has high hopes to deliver on development and for the prosperity of our people" , and emphasised that "(w)e are aware that if we are to deliver these results, we will need to tackle corruption, crime and poor implementation of policies and programmes. It is disheartening to note that allegations and perceptions of corruption continue to taint our Government. This has led to the public losing faith and confidence in a few Government Ministries and Agencies. We cannot allow corruption to sabotage 28 years of progress. Corruption undermines stability and social cohesion."

The President calls on his fellow Namibians to "(l)et us adopt the fraternal characteristics of sharing and looking out for those in our society who are entrenched in poverty, for as Nobel Prize in economics Prof. Joseph Stiglitz states, “Growth that is not shared, will not be sustainable”.

Read the President's full speech, Accomplishing the Task of Unity and Shared Prosperity by clicking here, please...

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