Foreign Affairs to convene Seventh Heads of Mission Conference

04 Jul 2014 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will convene the Seventh Namibian Heads of Diplomatic Missions’ conference in Swakopmund next week.
The week-long conference from Monday until 13 July will be held under the theme “Enhancing Economic Diplomacy in Pursuance of Namibia’s Foreign Policy”.
An invite to the conference availed by the Deputy Director of Information and Research in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Marbeline Mwashekele stated that President Hifikepunye Pohamba will give an address at the official opening of the conference.
Prime Minister Hage Geingob will also give an address during the closing ceremony, and for the first time, all honorary consuls of Namibia will join the Heads of Mission at the conference.
During the conference, Heads of Mission are expected to review the implementation of Namibia’s Foreign Policy and adopt other policy documents which will further enhance the efficiency of the foreign service.
The conference will also devise ways to effectively market Namibia as an investment and tourism destination, and align the missions’ activities to the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP 4).
Namibia currently has 28 Diplomatic Missions abroad, three Consuls-General and is also represented by 34 Honorary Consuls.
The main responsibilities of missions include representing Namibia abroad, protecting Namibia and its nationals; as well as negotiating various agreements and Memoranda of Understanding with governments or organisations to which they are accredited.
Missions are expected to also promote friendly relations between Namibia and their host countries, and market Namibian products and further promote trade and investment.
Former Heads of Mission as well as senior government officials will also attend the conference.