Fellow Namibians,

At the outset, I would like to thank all Namibians for the peaceful and orderly manner in which you have conducted yourselves during the campaigns leading up to the recently held Local and Regional Authority elections. Our multi-party democracy has grown roots and is maturing. Thank you to all voters who took time to participate in this democratic process. Ultimately, democracy and the people of Namibia are the winners.

As we find ourselves drawing closer to the festive season, I am aware that you are prioritizing various family and social events. However, we should bear in mind that COVID-19 remains a threat. To date, fourteen-thousand-three-hundred-and-fortyfive (14,345) people have been infected with the virus in our country and the lives of 151 Namibians have been lost. In this regard, we pay particular homage to our frontline-workers who have been working diligently to ensure that our fight is robust and effective.

Namibia continues to tackle the pandemic on different fronts as prescribed by our National COVID-19 Response and Preparedness Plan, which focuses on safeguarding public health and the livelihood of our people.

This pandemic is the biggest challenge to face our country since independence, both in its nature and scope. Equally, Government’s response to the pandemic has been extensive and resolute, in terms of resource mobilization to suppress the spread of the virus, while responding to associated socio-economic impacts.

In terms of its effects, the pandemic has had a negative impact on our lives and livelihoods. No aspect of our society has been left untouched. Our economy has borne the brunt of this pandemic in terms of jobs that have been lost, reduced productivity, business closures and declining disposable income. The full extent of this impact on our economy is yet to be fully determined.

The Ministry of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment Creation in collaboration with the Namibia Statistics Agency will further ascertain the scope of the impact on business, economy and jobs. Some indicators are clear though.

It is against this background that the pace of the economic recovery will depend crucially on policy interventions and actions that will be taken beyond the lockdown. The Government is seized with final preparations for a holistic recovery programme for the nation, as was committed to during the Mid-Term Budget Review in October 2020.

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Statement by President Hage G. Geingob on the occasion of the commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations

21 September 2020

Mr. President,

It has been 75 years since the establishment of this global body in the interest of upholding the values of humanity and the principles of equality. Indeed, for the past 75 years, the United Nations has become the guarantor of human dignity for millions of people across the world. The fact that for 75 years, we have averted a Third World War, is testament to the success of this great human experiment in multilateralism.

We recognize the pivotal role this distinguished organization has played to promote and sustain world peace, and in the decolonization of Africa. As Namibians, we can attest to this fact, given our own history.

In 1960, Ethiopia and Liberia instituted proceedings against Apartheid South Africa at the International Court of Justice regarding the interpretation and application of the country’s mandate over Namibia, then South West Africa.

On July 18, 1966, the International Court of Justice dismissed the case due to a technicality. Based on that technicality the ICJ did not deal with the merits of the Case and failed to rule on the legality of Apartheid South Africa’s occupation of Namibia. However, in the same year, the United Nations General Assembly passed resolution 2145 which declared the Mandate terminated and that the Republic of South Africa had no further right to administer Namibia. Therefore the United Nations assumed direct responsibility for Namibia.

Thus, we are grateful that the United Nations was able to accompany us to independence and it was a proud day, when on March 21, 1990, we received the instruments of power from Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, to commence a new chapter in Namibia’s history. Click here to continue reading....

President Hage G. Geingob State of the Nation Address 2020

"In times of crisis, true character is revealed. We are at a crossroads in our history and in this year of introspection, at this hour of need, we are faced with the most burning question of our time. Thirty years after our independence, how do we shape the future of our nation?"

101813703 2855472114564233 6192549809480531968 oOn Thursday, 4 June 2020, the President of the Republic of Namibia, His Excellency, Dr. Hage G. Geingob delivered the State of the Nation Address (SONA). This is the first State of the Nation Address of President Geingob following his re-election in November 2019, and subsequent swearing in on 21 March 2020 as President of the Republic.

Article 32 (2) provides that: “In accordance with the responsibility of the executive branch of Government to the legislative branch, the President and the Cabinet shall each year during the consideration of the official budget address Parliament on the state of the nation and on the future policies of Government, shall report on the policies of the previous year and shall be available to respond to questions.”


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The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has been following with great concern the events surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As victims of institutionalised and systemic racism until three decades ago, the government and people of Namibia express deep outrage and condemn the brutal murder of George Floyd by US Police. The government of Namibia expresses condolences with George Floyd’s family and loved ones.

The Government of Namibia expresses its solidarity with the African-American sisters and brothers and calls on all to exercise restraint in venting their legitimate and justified anger.

Racism is a crime against humanity and should have no place in any society anywhere in the world. We call on the government of the United States to deploy all efforts at ensuring that the rights and human dignity of all its citizens, including in particular the African-Americans and all other minorities are upheld, respected and protected under law.

Issued by:
Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Hon. Ipumbu Shiimi presents Budget 2020/21
Hon. Shiimi tables the FY2020/21 budget, totaling N$72.8 billion. This is a single-year budget, reflecting the commensurate urgency of addressing the elevated once-off needs arising from the impact of COVID-19.

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Please, click here to read the Minister of Finance, Hon. Ipumbu Shiimi's Budget Statement 2020/2021, entitled Together Defeating COVID-19, Together Thriving Again.


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