26 Mar 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 26 MAR (NAMPA) Four diplomatic missions will be opened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - in addition to the existing 27 - during the 2014/15 financial year.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah announced this on Tuesday while introducing her ministry's budget allocation in the National Assembly.
The four diplomatic missions will be opened in Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo; in Dakar, Senegal; Accra, Ghana and in Helsinki in Finland.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said the four will form part of her ministry's Foreign Mission Representation Programme.
The decision to open these missions was informed by the need to realise the objectives of Vision 2030, and the implementation of our National Development Programme (NDP), she noted.
The amount of N.dollars 768 367 000 which has been requested under the programme will also be used to enhance the functions of the current 27 diplomatic missions and the three consular posts.
Nandi-Ndaitwah told the House that the objectives of the missions are to promote Namibia's national interests as well as the protection and welfare of Namibians living abroad, while also to strengthen the countrys relations with other countries around the world.
The minister also advised Namibians who are visiting or studying in foreign countries to inform the nearest Namibian mission of their presence.
On a number of occasions, we are confronted with emergency situations facing our nationals abroad who do not inform our missions of their presence in those countries, she stated.
She said notifying the missions of their presence will prevent situations whereby the missions are confronted with circumstances of a person they are not aware of, adding that people should do so even when they are on Government or private missions.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs received N.dollars 900 783 000 for the 2014/15 financial year.