19642334 10156352037488082 2066460185535116060 nNamibian Broadcasting Corporation & 20953154 1545170048875868 1532362652920296090 n DW Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle Academy opens Office in Windhoek

02 November 2017 near Windhoek, Namibia

23031176 10156783995983082 6106655906035630890 nThe Deutsche Welle, DW Akademie opened its office in Windhoek to strengthen its efforts in the field of international media development.

The DW Akademie cooperates with well-established partners such as the Namibian Broadcasters Network, NCBN, as well as the nbc.

Other activities DW Akademie is focusing on are the provision of basic journalism training, the development of new programming, audience research and strengthening media networking with the assistance of the long-standing collaboration with the nbc.

Friederike Kärcher, Head of Division Culture, Creative Industries and Sport at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (third from the right) commended Namibia on being "a role model for media cooperation".

23244227 1542797829169510 8431538976487068728 nNew joint project inaugurated: 34 Access Roads in Northern Namibia Flood-Proofed

09 November 2017

In Namibia, the Ministry of Works and Transport and the German Embassy broke the ground for a new project in Okalongo yesterday: 34 access roads in northern Namibia will be flood-proofed over the next two years. 

Flood-proofing of roads with a combined length of 128 km in Omusati and Ohangwena region will improve access to 7 clinics and 18 schools. "Better access to clinics in the rainy season can have a life-saving character", Stella Seibert-Palaschino (German Embassy Windhoek) said in her speech at the ceremony.

photo: Alpheus !Naruseb (center right; Minister of Works and Transport), and Stella Seibert-Palaschino (center left; Counsellor for Development Cooperation at the German Embassy)  after "breaking the ground" for the new project.

23316824 1542798675836092 439263816369095870 nMinister !Naruseb underlined, that the roads will be built by 6 "Emerging Contractors". These Namibian Small and Medium Enterprises have undergone training and gathered experience which allows them to conduct the works on their own accountability without guidance by main contractors.

The project will cost approximately 12,4 million Euro (200 million Namibian Dollar) of which 60 million Namibian Dollar will be contributed by the Namibian government. The project fosters economic development and social progress through improved access to education and health services.

photo: Minister !Naruseb and the "Emerging Contractors"

copyright: KfW

Germany and Namibia polish up national parks

Nov 2, 2017 German Information Centre Africa

NamParksgateThe German government is supporting Namibia in terms of nature and wildlife conservation. A common project, which has started over ten years ago, aims to improve local national parks. Several parks have already profited from the initiative, so did the Khaudum National park in the east of the country.

On October 26, two park management stations - Khaudum and Sikereti - have been inaugurated by the Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), Pohamba Shifeta.

New entrance gate for the Khaudum National Park (© KfW)

The German Ambassador Christian Schlaga as well as the Governor of the Kavango East Region, representatives of the Regional Council, traditional authorities and the German Development Bank (KfW) attended the ceremony.

The new park management stations have been co-funded by the Republic of Namibia and the Republic of Germany via the KfW in support of the Namibian Government’s development and conservation initiatives in north-eastern Namibia.

The construction was part of the latest phase of the Namibia National Parks Programme (NamParks) which has been running since 2006. The total costs of the two park management stations were about 80 million N$.

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Namibia Receives Technical, Financial Support from Germany

IMG 1610 768x512September 22, 2017

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have committed to the Government of the Republic of Namibia a new amount of up to €130.5 million for bilateral Technical and Financial Cooperation at the 2017 Namibia-Germany Government Negotiations on our bilateral development cooperation. This comprises up to €100 million for Financial Cooperation projects /programmes and up to €30.5 million for Technical Cooperation projects /programmes.

This new commitment is in addition to a Note Verbal commitment made in 2016 and amounted to €3 million for Technical Cooperation, plus €28.5 million from Financial Cooperation commitments made in 2009, 2012 and 2013 that will now be reprogrammed to support other projects.

This brings the total new funding available for Technical and Financial Cooperation projects and programmes in 2016 and 2017, to €133.5 million equating to N$2 billion using the current exchange rates. Of the €133.5 million, €73.5 is grant support while €60 million is interest reduced loan.

Cooperation between the two governments focuses on three focal areas which are Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Economic Development and Transport/Logistics. This did not however disregard areas that are mutually agreed, which fall outside our co-operation.

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Ausschuss für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft des Deutschen Bundestages besuchte Namibia
Delegation Ernhrung und Landwirtschaft

Der Ausschuss für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft des Deutschen Bundestags besucht vom 1. bis 6. April 2017 Namibia. Die Delegation unter Leitung des Ausschussvorsitzenden Alois Gerig (CDU/CSU) gehören Artur Auernhammer (CDU/CSU), Hermann Färber (CDU/CSU), Carola Stauche (CDU/CSU), Rita Hagl-Kehl (SPD), Dr. Wilhelm Priesmeier (SPD) und Harald Ebner (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN) an.

Thematische Schwerpunkte der Delegationsreise waren insbesondere die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die Landwirtschaft, die Bedeutung von Landreformen für den Agrarsektor im südlichen Afrika, die landwirtschaftliche Aus- und Weiterbildung, die Stärkung ländlicher Regionen, die Entwicklungschancen urbaner Landwirtschaft sowie die Perspektiven des Handels im Agrar- und Ernährungsbereich sein. Die Delegation besuchte zunächst den Norden Namibias und auch die Hauptstadt Windhoek.

Die Delegation unterhielt einen intensiven Meinungsaustausch mit Abgeordneten und Regierungsmitgliedern wie auch mit Repräsentanten von Bauernverbänden, Initiativen und Nichtregierungsorganisationen. Auch Gespräche mit den deutschen politischen Stiftungen, KfW und GIZ standen auf dem Besuchsprogramm der Delegation. Zudem besuchte die Delegation verschiedene landwirtschaftliche Betriebe, Projekte der deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, agrarwissenschaftliche Forschungseinrichtungen und Universitäten, Empowerment-Projekte zur Stärkung landwirtschaftlicher Betriebsgründungen sowie Unternehmen der Lebensmittelwirtschaft.

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