23659564 1143501995752488 7186955162138882391 nDeputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, informs the members of the diplomatic corps about various domestic and foreign policy issues, such as, amongst others, the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), the African Union (AU), Western Sahara, the United Nations and the EU-African Summit.



(...) It is always a great pleasure to engage with you, my constituency, in this forum. I have been very busy with my other constituencies, however, I am happy that we found a convenient time to all of us, thus enabling us to meet today.

I wish to warmly welcome those Heads of Mission who joined our diplomatic family since our last coming together. Here in Namibia, you will find a government and people with open arms. You will also come to know that we have challenges, but those challenges can be turned into opportunities.


1. During 2017 the Ministry, once again, enjoyed excellent bilateral engagements with all Missions accredited to Namibia. Some of these engagements took place on the margins of multilateral fora, and were indeed very fruitful. Our bilateral mechanisms such as State visits, Official Visits, Joint Permanent Commissions of Cooperation and Intergovernmental Working Groups and other bilateral activities between Namibia and the respective countries and organizations you represent, remain important tools in achieving greater success in the implementation of bilateral and multilateral cooperation.

I wish to thank you for your outstanding cooperation during the year 2017, and look forward to working with you to further strengthen these relations.

2. The world economic situation negatively impacted on our international engagements. Notwithstanding, our international cooperation has continued.

Namibia continues to emphasize the importance of international trade as an important instrument for economic growth and sustainable development. Therefore, the Government will continue with its on-going fiscal consolidation of policy measures, in order to promote trade and investments. The “Growth at Home” strategy for industrialization and the policy for promoting micro, small and medium enterprises provide a strong foundation for diversification.

3. As you are aware the harsh unpredictable weather conditions of the past few years have affected the hard-won gains in addressing poverty in our country. However, Namibia continue to be humbled by the spirit of friendship and cooperation shown by the countries and organizations you represent. In this regard, I wish once again to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to all of you who have contributed in one way or another to our national relief efforts.


4. In July this year, the Ministry launched its lecture series and Last week, we had our first lecture in Windhoek under the theme “The Role of the Youth in the implementation of Agenda 2063: Challenges and opportunities”. I wish to express our thanks and appreciation to those who have attended both events. We look forward to your continuing attendance.


5. As I informed at our last meeting, the SWAPO Congress is scheduled for 23- 26 November 2017 here in Windhoek. Guided by the maturity of the inner-party democracy, we have been cross cutting the country to seek support of the delegates to the Congress and the people they will represent. Some sister parties in the region and beyond have been invited to the Congress and Your Excellencies are also invited to the opening session.


6. I wish to reiterate that the Government of Namibia has an open door policy. We do so with the objective of facilitating our bilateral and multilateral engagement and cooperation. Secondly, we do so because we know we are dealing with diplomats who are familiar with the universal diplomatic code of conduct. We are however concerned that the incidents of communicating directly to line Ministries and offices including the Office of the President are still prevalent. The intention is not to stifle your engagements, but it is in our collective interests to follow the rules by going through the Ministry of International Relations rather than turning to the MIRCO when things do not go as plan with line Ministries and offices.


7. In accordance with the Vienna Convention, your safety and Security is our responsibility. At this juncture, I regret and apologize to all those who were affected by crime one way or the other. We are in constant touch with the relevant police section of our police and are considering appropriate measures. However, we also request you to play your part by taking the necessary measure to secure your offices and Residences.

8. Let me now turn to regional issues.


SADC remains committed to ensuring a common future for the Southern African region and is working tirelessly to accelerate regional economic integration. Namibia participated at the 37th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government that took place from 19-20 August 2017 in South Africa under the theme: “Partnering with the Private Sector in Developing Industry and Regional Value-Chains.”

9. At that Summit, H.E. Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia was elected as Deputy Chair. The Summit also urged Member States to work towards achieving the 50:50 gender parity in political and decision-making positions in the public service and private sector. The Union of Comoros was admitted as a new Member of SADC. Other important decision taken at the Summit were:

The re-affirmation of SADC’s support and recognition of the importance of the reforms at the African Union, Emphasized the importance of complying with the African Union Constitutive Act; and approved the convening of a solidarity conference in support of Western Sahara.

10. In its efforts to ensure peace, consolidate democracy and good governance in the region, SADC appointed former President Hifikepunye Pohamba as SADC Special Envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). We are hopeful that, with the announcement of the date of elections in the DRC, 23 December 2018, should that happen, peace and stability would come to that country.

11. With regards to the Kingdom of Lesotho, SADC is fully engaged in ensuring that peace and security prevails in the Kingdom. Since October this year, the SADC Expanded Oversight Committee on Lesotho has been deployed to assist with the implementation of SADC decisions, which include constitutional, judiciary, legislative and security sector reforms. To that effect, Namibia has contributed 5 experts to the Oversight Committee. Moreover, on the 20th November 2017, SADC has deployed a Contingent Mission in the Kingdom of Lesotho in order to stabilize the country and assist with the implementation of SADC Decisions. A total of 258 personnel have been deployed, composed of military, intelligence, police and civilian components. Namibia has contributed personnel in all components, which is testimony to our commitment to ensuring peace and security in the region in general, and Lesotho, in particular.

Namibia is following with interest the situation in our sister Republic of Zimbabwe. We hope the leaders of Zimbabwe will garner and the necessary wisdom to find an amicable solution. SADC is doing its part within the provisions of the SADC Treaty.



23561572 1138001479635873 538937252849627633 nThe Government of Namibia has been following the unfolding developments in Zimbabwe with concern, and associate itself with the Statement issued on behalf of SADC.

As neighbours, Member States of SADC and AU, Namibia and Zimbabwe share a common destiny and common aspirations for peace, economic prosperity and democracy for our countries and people. Namibia is concerned that the present situation in Zimbabwe creates uncertainty that is not conducive to peace, stability and consolidation of democracy in Zimbabwe and the region as a whole.

Namibia notes that the Zimbabwe Defence Force has assured the Zimbabwe public and the international community at large that they have not overthrown the Government of Zimbabwe and that they have no intention to take over the governance of the country.

Namibia further notes that the situation in the country remains relatively calm. It is the expectation of the Government of Namibia that democratic institutions in Zimbabwe will continue to carry out their constitutional functions. Namibia urges all the parties concerned to scrupulously adhere to the relevant provisions of the SADC Treaty on Governance and the African Union Constitutive Act. Namibia will continue to follow closely the situation in Zimbabwe.

Issued by Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of MIRCO


Theo Ben Gurirab LectureThe Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation invites the Namibian public to attend the 1st session of the Dr. Theo-Ben Gurirab Lecture Series, to be held on the 16 November 2017, at 18:00, at the Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) - Auditorium 1The discussion will be held under the theme: “The Role of the Youth in the Implementation of Agenda 2063: Challenges and Opportunities”

The Lecture Series is aimed at involving the public on taking an interest in and shaping Namibia’s policy on international relations and cooperation.

Cybercrime Parliament UNAMSpeaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Prof. Peter Katjavivi has urged fellow Parliamentarians to expedite the process of enacting a law dealing with cybercrime as Namibia continues to rapidly embrace information and communication technology.

Katjavivi was speaking when he officially opened a one day Cyber Security Conference for Members of Parliament in Windhoek today (06/11/17).

The conference is an initiative of Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) in collaboration with the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Communication Technology and Innovation.

The gathering that has brought together lawmakers and industry experts is intended to capacitate lawmakers on the technical subject of cyberspace, a global trend that not only comes with unlimited opportunities but also presents threats such as cybercrimes. According to Katjavivi, Namibia is not an exception. “Our namibian cyberspace is highly vulnerable to cyber threats and attacks. These types of cybercrimes can range from financial fraud, cyberbullying, hacking and child pornography among many others”, noted Katjavivi.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary standing committee on ICT and Innovation, Hon. Faustina Caley added that the conference was taking place at an opportune time when Parliament is expected to debate the electronic transaction and Cybercrime bill that is in the process of being finalized.

The bill will also target online child pornography among other cybercrimes.

22829331 897569467066211 4443623299681233417 oDr. Hage Geingob’s Speech at the handing over of Houses in Walvisbay

Dr. Hage Geingob·Friday, October 27, 2017



Director of Ceremonies, Hon. Sophia Shaningwa, Minister of Urban & Rural Development and, Hon. Derek Klazen, Deputy Minister of Urban & Rural Development, Hon. Cleophas Mutjavikua, Governor of the Erongo Region, Your Worship Alderman Immanuel Wilfried, Mayor of Walvis Bay, Hon. Regional and local authority Councilors, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and gentlemen.

In keeping with its ongoing commitment towards improving the livelihood of the Namibian people as well as our declaration of an all-out war on poverty, in 2015, the Government launched the Massive Urban Land Servicing Project (MULSP), to expedite our ongoing efforts in terms of servicing and delivery of residential land and affordable housing in urban areas.

As you may recall, in 2015 I visited sites in Windhoek, Oshakati and Walvis Bay, accompanied by Ministers Shaningwa and Schlettwein, for the purpose of identification of sites to kick start the implementation of the Massive Urban Land Servicing Project. Following our visits, technical officials then proceeded to craft the details of the project sites and scope. This process resulted in the selection of two sites in Walvis Bay, namely Extensions 5, 6 & 7 Kuisebmund and Extension 7 for the Project. Please, click here to read more....

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