13668643 748913268544698 6410259313534173463 oThe week-long Foreign Policy Review Conference came to an end at the Namibia Institute of Public Administration and Management (NIPAM) on Friday, 29 July 2016, with the closing remarks by H.E Dr Nicky Iyambo, Vice President of the Republic of Namibia (left and below).

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Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO); seated on the right next to H.E. Dr Iyambo : Ms Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, Permanent Secretary MIRCO; below: H.E. Dr Iyambo, Hon Nandi-Ndaitwah and PS Ashipala-Musavyi inspecting the foreign-policy exhibition.

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Statement by H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia at the official opening of the International Relations and Cooperation Policy Review Conference

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photo left: H.E. Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Inernational Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah (Please click on the photos to enlarge the picture)


Welcome to this “foreign policy” review conference. As you might be aware one of the first changes made when I became President, was to rename our Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation. This was done to reflect the dynamics of the changing world order and modern day diplomacy.

We live in a globalized world where we need to hold hands across countries and continents to ensure the ecological survival of our planet and of human kind. We may speak different languages, have different religions, and different colors, but at the end of the day, we are all human beings. We, therefore, no longer speak of foreign affairs, but of international relationships, cooperation and partnerships in charting common developmental paths. Consistent with that change I will, henceforth, refer to the exercise to be undertaken this week as a review of Namibia’s Policy on International Relations and Cooperation and not foreign policy review.

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Click here to read the welcoming statement by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Inernational Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, at the opening of the Foreign Policy Conference....

Poverty eradication needs multi-faceted approach – Geingob

New Era, July 13, 2015

Combating GBVPresident Hage Geingob last week said the war the government has declared against poverty must include a multi-faceted approach from all sectors of society. “We have a new ministry and we have a new approach. We will soon invite all social organisations to a dialogue so that we can all come together to help [work on] a national roadmap on the way forward,” Geingob told a delegation from the Ecumenical Social Diaconate Action (ESDA) group.

Speaking after the presentation of a roadmap by the ESDA to complement national initiatives, Geingob said he was impressed by what the organisation stood for. ESDA operates as a welfare organisation under the wings of Friendly Haven, which operates as a shelter where battered women and children seek a place of safety from all sorts of abuse. The organisation was established in 1995 by Reverend Ngeno Nakamela in response to many women and children being abused and battered. A steady stream of women and children have passed through the shelter’s doors seeking protection from abuse especially domestic violence and rape. From 2002 to 2014, an astonishing 1 750 people were taken in of whom 980 were children and 770 women.

The centre is supported by six government ministeries as well as international and local donors. Click here to read more....

12974485 604913852998442 5495413080203335087 n (...) Section thirty-two (32), subsection two (2) of the Namibian Constitution places the President under the obligation to annually “address Parliament on the state of the nation and on the future policies of Government... and report on the policies of the previous year and... be available to respond to all questions.” I delivered my first State of the Nation Address on the 21st of April 2015. I am here today to account to you and the Nation at large on progress made since then and to release the Harambee Prosperity Plan that outlines our future policies over the next four years.

Honourable Speaker, Honourable Chairperson,

Idowu Koyenikan once said, “Your pride for your country should not come after your country becomes great; your country becomes great because of your pride in it.” Having entered into our 26th year of Independence, we bear witness to this notion. I stand before you today to proclaim that the Namibian House is in great shape. The State of the Nation is sound. Let our national pride continue driving us towards the full realization of our dream, One Namibia, One Nation.

We have developed the Harambee Prosperity Plan as the implementation roadmap to fast-track the achievement of our development goals. The Prosperity mandate will not be easy, but, with all Namibians working together in the spirit of Harambee, it is possible.

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HARAMBEE PROSPERITY PLAN / 2016/17 - 2019/20 - Namibian Government's Action Plan towards Prosperity for All / Draft for Discussion

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Statement by His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia on the occasion of the 26th Independence Day Celebration

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Windhoek, 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 pathof 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.

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