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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

REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY DR. HAGE G. GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA ON OCCASION OF THE HANDING OVER OF HOUSES CONSTRUCTED ON PLOTS SERVICED UNDER THE GOVERNMENT’S MASSIVE LAND SERVICING PROJECT (MULSP)

EXT.5, 6 & 7 KUISEBMOND AND EXT. 7 NARRAVILLE, WALVIS BAY

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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20525994 1050026745100014 6962807538078408406 nSTATEMENT BY HONORABLE NETUMBO NANDI - NDAITWAH ON THE OCCASION OF THE LAUNCH OF THE DR THEO-BEN GURIRAB LECTURE SERIES 31 JULY 2017

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In the interest of time, please allow me to respect the protocol that was established by the Director of Ceremonies.

On behalf of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, which I have the distinct honor and privilege to head, I wish to welcome His Excellency Comrade President, former President and all distinguished participants to this historic event, the launch of the Dr. Theo - Ben Gurirab Lecture Series.

The question might be asked, why the Lecture Series? In answering, our President, Namibia's Chief Diplomat will elaborate further on that. Let me however mention that, following the Foreign Policy Review Conference held from 25 - 29 July 2016, and taking into account the over subscription of all the workshops held then, the overarching interest of the general public, especially the youth and academia in global events and how they impact on our domestic policies, the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation decided to introduce Lecture Series, in order to inform and engage the public about contemporary global events.

The Lecture Series will encourage the population to be involved in shaping Policy on International Relations (Foreign Policy), in relation to Namibia’s development agenda as outlined in our Constitution, Vision 2030 and its NDPs, the SWAPO Party Election Manifesto, the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP), complemented by the AU Africa Agenda 2063, and the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. These Lecture Series will provide an opportunity to reflect on how best we can continue to effectively serve the interests of the Namibian people, contributing to their security, prosperity and wellbeing, as well as the promotion of the country’s values, through its active international engagements.

Topics to be discussed during the Lecture Series will be based on contemporary global events. Presenters will be drawn from Government including Senior Management in MIRCO, the Namibia Association of Former Ambassadors (NAFA), various sectors of society such as academia, civil society, Parliament, private Sector, youth representatives, Diplomatic corps, parastatals etc., and were necessary, international experts. The Lecture Series will be held on a quarterly basis, and the venues for the Series will rotate among the 14 Regions to ensure that no one should feel left out.

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20479959 1050023658433656 4812624233227002007 nSTATEMENT BY HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. HAGE G. GEINGOB, PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA, AT THE LAUNCH OF THE DR THEO-BEN GURIRAB LECTURE SERIES JULY 31, 2017 WINDHOEK

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Human beings have been practicing diplomacy for centuries. Since the formation of the first city-states, diplomacy has played its role as one of the defining elements of a state. It is therefore paramount, that every nation positions itself in the global arena, through defining and applying its foreign policy, which will guide its activities and relationships in interacting with other states. On July 25, 2016, when I opened the Conference on the Review of Namibia’s International Relations and Cooperation, I referred to the dynamism of a changing world order and modern day diplomacy. I spoke of an ever changing diplomatic landscape where States are no longer the only role players, but where they have been joined by multilateral institutions, non-governmental organizations, private sector as well as charismatic individuals who are all playing an active role in international relations. It is therefore a pleasure to welcome this evening, a mix of invitees hailing from a variety of professional backgrounds, to the inaugural lecture series named after Dr Theopold-Benjamin Gurirab, the first Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Namibia.

Foreign policy’s role in promoting a country’s development is a matter of great importance for understanding its national trajectory, especially in the case of an emerging country. The international dynamics that define our modern world have been greatly influenced by the emergence of what are referred to as middle-income nations, or emerging powers, whose main goal both domestically and internationally has been to promote their development and to increase their stature and presence. In a paper titled Foreign Policy and Diplomacy: Diplomacy as a Technique for Foreign Policy, Appu Nath describes Foreign Policy as the key element in the process by which a state translates its broadly conceived goals and interests into concrete course of action to set objectives and preserve interests. Namibia’s goals and interests are defined by our Vision 2030, the supporting National Development Plans, as well as by our Harambee Prosperity Plan. These plans plot the course of our developmental trajectory and the course on which we would like to take our country during the next several decades.

It is therefore crucial that our Foreign Policy speaks to these domestic goals and help translate them into concrete actions which will help achieve our developmental objectives. Today, we need to go beyond the dictionary definition of foreign policy as “a policy pursued by a nation in its dealings with other nations, designed to achieve national objectives.” It must also have a larger dimension of global welfare – we need to be involved in the Southern African Development Community for the welfare of our region; in the African Union for the welfare of Africa, and in other agencies, including the United Nations and its agencies dealing with international issues. We need to be concerned about conflicts, drought, and refugee problems in Africa and beyond. We need to work relentlessly to address the challenges of global warming, global trade, and terrorism.

This decade has posed many foreign policy challenges for a country that anchors its foreign policy in principles it shares with the United Nations. During this decade we have seen economic boom and bust, increased social and economic inequality, challenges to human rights, terrible poverty, intractable wars in many parts of Africa, and the Middle East, refugee problems, threats of terrorism, evolution of social media and the resulting change in the dynamics of democracy, challenges posed by climate change, isolationist policies of certain states, threats to global trade and other international agreements. These are the challenges that impact upon what is in the interest of our country and the principles we stand for.

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Media Statement by His Excellency Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, 31 July 2017

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