"We are not democratic to please somebody":Geingob

07 Mar 2014 14:00pm
By Maggy Thomas
TORONTO, 07 MAR (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob says Namibia is enjoying a democratic system and good governance is prevailing in the country.
“We are not trying to be democratic because we want to please somebody, we have struggled for this democracy,” Geingob told investors who attended the 15th Annual Africa Mining Conference in Toronto, Canada earlier this week.
He said Namibia is enjoying peace and stability for the past 24 years since emerging from a bitter liberation struggle, adding that Namibia has put in place processes, institutions and systems to ensure good governance is maintained.
“Our country is peaceful and blessed with abundant resources, but the majority of the people are poor and endure suffering. We have opened up to investors, but whoever come to our country, come at our terms,” stated Geingob.
He then called on investors to do business in Namibia.
“Investors must come and add value to our resources, help us to create jobs and transfer technology to locals. You will have all the freedom in Namibia, but try to create a win-win situation - as you benefit, the local people benefit too,” said the premier.
He indicated that Namibia has put in place institutions such as the Anti-Corruption Commission to ensure good governance.
Geingob indicated that Namibia is ranked number one in Africa for three consecutive years in press freedom, and globally ranked 19th ahead of the United States of America and the United Kingdom.
“There is no State reprisal, censorship and violence against the press. Journalists in Namibia are enjoying freedom of the press,” he boasted.