Nandi-Ndaitwah urges former ambassadors to assist her ministry

27 Nov 2014 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 27 NOV (NAMPA) - The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, has urged former ambassadors to assist the Foreign Affairs Ministry with their experience acquired during their past foreign missions.
She made the call at the first meeting of the Namibia Association of Former Ambassadors (NAFA), here on Wednesday.
The association was launched earlier this year by the Prime Minster, Dr. Hage Geingob, following a proposal by the Minster of Foreign Affairs at the 7th Conference of Heads of Mission in Swakopmund.
Ndaitwah said NAFA will act as an additional pool of expertise to her Ministry on issues relating to the formulation and management of foreign policy.
She further emphasised that Namibia has been relying on foreign analysis for national development goals for over 20 years, urging NAFA members to therefore take the initiative to contribute to the nation’s foreign policy.
“Economic diplomacy can be realised if our diplomatic missions are run in an efficient and professional manner,” Nandi Ndaitwah said.
The Minister that her ministry expects members of NAFA to clearly follow and make analysis of issues of strategic importance in the global world, in accessing their impact on Namibia.
With the experience the members of NAFA have acquired, they ought to serve as inspectors for the country’s foreign missions and advise the ministry accordingly, Nandi-Ndaitwah said.