Geingob in Belguim for EU-AU Summit

31 Mar 2014 18:20pm
By Charles Tjatindi
BRUSSELS, 31 MAR (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Hage Geingob arrived in Brussels, Belgium on Monday for the two-day European Union (EU)-African Union (AU) Summit due to start on Wednesday.
Geingob, who heads a strong team of delegates from Namibia's foreign affairs and trade ministries, is also expected to hold several bilateral meetings with prominent statesmen from various countries in efforts to strengthen Namibian ties with such countries. Both line ministers, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah of foreign affairs and Calle Schlettwein of trade are expected in Brussels soon for the summit.
Besides representing Namibia at the important summit, Geingob will also meet with the King of Belgium, King Phillip, and Hon. Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni, the Secretary-General of the African Pacific and Caribbean Group of States (ACP) for bilateral talks.
Renowned Namibian political commentator, Professor Joseph Diescho, and executive director of the National Youth Council, Mandela Kapere, are also in Brussels where they will be speaking during the EU-AU Africa Youth Forum from Monday to Tuesday.
The EU-AU Summit will mainly focus on strategic priorities between the two continents and review the Joint Africa-EU Strategy (JAES).
The strategy seeks to deepen relations through a strengthened political partnership and enhanced cooperation at all levels.
It is also tailored to promote sustained development, and implemented through successive short-term action plans.
One of its overarching objectives is reinforcing and elevating the Africa-EU political partnership to address issues of common concern.
This year's summit also has the mammoth task of probing for consensus on peace and post-conflict reconstruction in Africa, while the EU-AU partnership will come under the magnifying glass for better operations.
Geingob and his team will leave Brussels on Friday.