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.....

NBC, Thursday, 7. December 2017

EU denies listing Namibia as tax haven

EU tax havenPlease click on the photo to listen to the media statement

The European Union (EU) ambassador to Namibia said Namibia was never listed as a tax haven as reported by the international media.

Jana Hybaskova said Namibia was invited to join the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for tax purposes to protect it from misuse on tax by foreign entities.

She said Namibia was only listed as a non-cooperative jurisdiction with other 17 countries because it has not responded to the invitation of the Multilateral Conversion on Mutual Administrative Assistance on tax matters.

One of the the measures put to Namibia for consideration was to abolish or amend harmful preferential tax regimes.

Namibia can be delisted once it considers or respond to the invitation.

Hybaskova said another letter will be send to the government to respond.

Namibia has, according to the EU Council, until December 2019 to comply with the suggested rules or face blacklisting.

It will not however be listed as tax haven.

The EU Delegation head said there are currently no direct sanctions applied against Namibia and that the EU's projects worth 70 million Euro will continue to run.


On the list released by the European Union on non - cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes

SchlettweinCalle Schlettwein, MP, Minister of Finance, 06 December 2017

Distinguished members of the Media,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Yesterday the European Union released a list of non - cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes, which includes Namibia. The Namibian Government emphatically rejects this assessment and would point out the following attributes of what we consider to be an equitable and transparent tax regime:

Recently officials from Inland Revenue Department met with officials from the EU Embassy to Namibia to discuss this matter and to seek clarification on criteria. Since not all explanations could be provided to all our questions, it was agreed that further engagement with local EU staff and or EU tax experts from abroad is needed. After further engagement with the local EU staff, we were advised of the deadline to inform EU of our commitment to implementing proposed actions or how we react to them. Due to miss-communication we missed that deadline, but that does not make Namibia a non-compliant country or tax-haven. We are therefore perplexed to learn that, the EU has revealed names of non-cooperative jurisdictions for tax purposes including on the 5th December 2017 which include Namibia. click here to continue reading....

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