Namibia should engage in elections: Nandi-Ndaitwah

01 May 2014 09:00am
WINDHOEK, 01 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia should be heavily engaged in its own elections as well as those of other Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries this year, the Minister of Foreign Affairs Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has urged.
Speaking during her ministry’s general staff meeting here on Wednesday, she said that although Namibia has recorded ‘ups and downs’ in the political arena, the country has played a vital role in its capacity as the Chair of the SADC Organ on Politics, Defence and Security Co-operation on Madagascar, which has been readmitted into the African Union (AU) as well as SADC after successful elections in December 2013.
Nandi-Ndaitwah noted that her ministry also recorded achievements on the bilateral level, as it added Turkey to Namibia’s resident missions while Finland upgraded its mission to a full embassy here.
She added that the Foreign Affairs Ministry attended the Executive Council of the AU and a Retreat hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Ethiopia in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia this year, where the draft Agenda 2063 Framework was discussed.
“The framework contributes to the collective reflections of Africans on the past, present and the future they envisaged. Our task in the ministry is to ensure that Namibia buys into this blueprint and benefit from it,” she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said some primary problems which hamper progress within the ministry are the lack of follow-up and coordination between headquarters and diplomatic missions abroad.
“Therefore, we must redouble our efforts and commitment to achieve tangible results this year and beyond. It is my hope that through these interactions, we can identify shortcomings and agree on what we need to do to improve our service delivery,” she said.