Namibia congratulates Gawanas, Ashipala-Musavyi on UN appointments

The Southern Times, Jan 17, 2018, by Ellen Shihepo


Please click here to read the official Press Statement by Hon. Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation on the appointment of Advocate Bience Gawanas and Ambassador Ashipala-Musavyi

Windhoek – The Namibian Ministry of International Relations on Tuesday congratulated Advocate Bience Gawanas on her appointment as new UN Special Advisor for Africa by UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres.

In her new position as Special Advisor on Africa, Adv Gawanas follows in the footsteps of African luminaries such as the illustrious and distinguished diplomats and scholars that includes Professor Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria; Ambassador Legwaila Joseph Legwaila, former Permanent Representative and Ambassador of Botswana to the UN who served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Namibia during the implementation of Resolution 435 in 1989.

Bience GawanasAdv Gawanas (picture left side) becomes the first woman to be appointed to that exalted position taking, over from Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt. The ministry further congratulated its permanent secretary, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi (below right side), on her appointment as a member of the United Nations Secretary-General Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters. Amb Selma Ashipala Masavyi

“Since assuming office as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, I made it my priority to advance the case for Namibian citizens to join international organisations, including the UN, AU and the Commonwealth Secretariat,” said Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in a statement. “I am proud that our collective lobbying efforts at the ministry, with the support of friends, have paid off handsomely with the appointment of Adv Gawanas and Ambassador Ashipala-Musavyi.”

Gawanas was the AU’s first woman Commissioner for Social Affairs for eight years. Ashipala-Musavyi was Namibia’s first resident Permanent Representative for the UN office in Vienna, Austria.

Nandi-Ndaitwah, who is Namibia’s deputy prime minister, also commended the UN, saying that “the government of Namibia expresses appreciation to UN Secretary General Guterres for selecting Adv Gawanas and Amb Ashipala-Musavyi from amongst equally qualified candidates.”

President Hage Geingob wishes all Namibians a Happy New Year

In his New Year Message 2018, H.E. Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, calls on his fellow Namibians to "prepare to move forward" as "the hands of time are ready to take us into the new year".

While one could look at the future as a time of anxiety, one could also lookPresident NewYearMessage at it as a time of hope and new opportunities, he says: "Ahead of us lie 12 new chapters and 365 new chances."  

He encourages his fellow compatriots to commit to several resolutions, such as taking part "in building our house" and thus make 2018

a year of hope,

a year of clean environment,

a year of health, peace and love,

a year of shared prosperity.

The President calls on all Namibians to fight poverty and corruption. He emphasises that government must make land available and connect more Namibians to basic services like water, sanitation and electricity, and assures that further developments and upgrades in and of the country "must take place in a transparent and accountable manner." 

The President refers to his 2017 Year End Press Conference on 13 December (see here...), and reaffirms that 2018 "will be the Year of Reckoning", i.e. to take stock and "be accountable for our achievements and shortcomings".

He reminds all public servants and government officials that "we are occupying positions of trust and must act accordingly".

The President appeals to all Namibians to "take 2018 with the 'handle of faith'".

To watch the President's full New Year 2018 message, please click here...


MEDIA RELEASE, 15 December 2017


Namibia notes with grave concern major change in US policy recognizing Jerusalem as the united capital of Israel, Namibia wishes to unequivocally reaffirm its unflinching support for the UN General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions, 181 (1947) and 242 (1967), respectively. Both these and subsequent resolutions affirmed that Jerusalem would be the capital of the future Palestinian State and the State of Israel. United Nations Resolutions are based on the following principles: A Palestinian State and an Israeli State based on the 1967 lines; Jerusalem as the capital of both States; an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; and the return of Palestinian refugees. Click here to read the full statement....

President Hage Geingob lauds action taken against corruption

NBC, 13 December 2017, to view NBC video, please click on the photos below.

YearEndMediaBriefing Press Conference

President Hage Geingob has lauded actions taken against corruption, including the enactment of the Public Procurement, Whistle Blowers and Witness Protection Acts.

During the review of the Harambee Prosperity Plan and year-end media briefing, President Geingob noted that 2017 was not an easy year for government.

Stakeholders on Africa's infrastructure development meet at Swakopmund

Infrastructure development conference SwakopmundNBC, Tuesday, 12. December 2017,

click on the picture to watch a short video of the conference; more video material is available as live-stream on the official web-site of the conference (see link below)

The third conference on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) is underway at Swakopmund.

The four-day meeting is aimed at providing a marketing platform for selected PIDA projects and to accelerate their implementation.

The conference is held under the theme Regional Infrastructure Development, Job Creation, and Economic Transformation.

In his address, Hon Alpheus Naruseb, Namibia's Minister of Works and Transport said, "As much as we are 27 years down the road of freedom, there is a dire need for economic emancipation of the masses of our people."

The conference is organised by the African Union Commission, NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency, the African Development Bank, the UN Economic Commission for Africa in collaboration with the Namibian Government and the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and attended also by the private sector. 

The overall goal of PIDA is to promote socio-economic development and poverty reduction in Africa through improved access to integrated regional and continental infrastructure networks and services.

The programme is designed to develop a vision and strategic framework for the development of regional and continental infrastructure (Energy, Transport, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) and Trans-boundary Water Resources). The PIDA initiative is being led by the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Secretariat, the African Development Bank, and the United Nation's Economic Commission for Africa.

Click here for the official web-site of the PIDA-week PIDA AU logo main

Click here for more information.....

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