Pohamba calls on Heads of Mission to promote integration

13 Nov 2014 12:50pm
WINDHOEK, 12 NOV (NAMPA) – President Hifikepunye Pohamba has urged all Heads of Mission to promote regional integration, investment in different sectors of the economy and to strengthen bonds of friendship.
He made this appeal during the commissioning of new Heads of Mission to Botswana, Congo-Brazzaville, Senegal, Ghana and Finland here on Wednesday.
The former Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mbapeua Muvangua is the designated High Commissioner to Botswana.
Muvangua will replace Swapo-Party veteran and politician Hadino Hishongwa.
The Deputy Inspector-General of Operations in the Namibian Police Force, Major-General Vilio Hifindaka has been appointed as the first designated ambassador to Congo-Brazzaville.
Trudie Amulungu, who is currently attached to the Namibia National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris, France, is the first designated ambassador to Senegal.
The Deputy Head of Mission at the Namibian High Commission in Botswana, Charles Bernardt Josob has been appointed as first designated High Commissioner to Ghana; and the trade attaché at the Namibian Embassy in Belgium, Bonny Haufiku has been appointed as the first designated ambassador to Finland.
“I further urge the Heads of Mission to promote the African Union (AU) Agenda 2063; to follow with keen interest developments in the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) countries; and to promote regional integration,” Pohamba stated.
The AU's Agenda 2063 was initiated by the heads of the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the African Union Commission during their meeting in January 2013 to deliberate on Africa's development in the next 50 years in an attempt to ensure that Africa's future is driven by policies and programmes created mainly by African institutions.
The president furthermore urged the Heads of Mission to focus on priority economic sectors such as industrialisation and manufacturing, value-addition to natural resources, information and communication technology as well as agriculture in order to promote job-creation for the people of Namibia, especially the youth.
He said the diplomats should also focus on the promotion of intra-African trade, South-South cooperation and the Common African Position on the reform of the United Nations.
The Common African Position (CAP) on the post-2015 Development Agenda was launched in June, 2014, aimed at engaging African stakeholders to deepen their understanding and evolution of the negotiation and advocacy efforts to enhance ownership of the CAP, while strengthening and leveraging partnerships with non-African stakeholders.
“I call upon you all to effectively manage your missions in a professional manner at all times, and to provide effective guidance to your staff members by building teams which will deliver the required outcomes,” he stressed.
Pohamba said the country needs well-rounded diplomats who understand the complex issues of bilateral co-operation.
Thus, it is the diplomats' duty to equip themselves with such capabilities as Heads of Mission.
“I use this occasion to urge our Heads of Mission in all parts of the world to pursue economic diplomacy in the countries and organisations of their accreditation by aligning their work to domestic policies and programmes, such as the Fourth National Development Plan (NDP4) and Vision 2030,” said the Head of State.