28 Nov 2015 16:40pm
By Francois Lottering
MALTA, 28 NOV (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob arrived in Malta on Friday for the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
He was welcomed by Namibian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Steve Katjiuanjo.
Geingob told reporters on his arrival that it is important to be part of the Commonwealth as it gives voice to member states.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah arrived in Malta earlier this week to represent Namibia at various round-table discussions and other official meetings.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent states with a combined population of 2.2 billion, and is headed by Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom.
The three-day CHOGM commenced on Friday at 11h27 when Queen Elizabeth II officially welcomed the various Commonwealth members.
She said Malta's long history of resilience and courage played a big role in the nation's moral strength.
Malta with its rich history, resilience and courage in the face of austerity is a reminder that the nations size is no measure of the moral strength of its people or its willingness to play their full part in the global agenda, said the queen.
She added that this association is underscored by values that need to be put into practice by meaningful progress, and this can only be done through the mobilisation of the vast networks and civil society groups.
Prime Minister of Malta, Joseph Muscat said at the same event that Malta achieved its aspirations, not by shackling themselves to the past, but by working hard for the future.
This is how social mobility takes place, this is how associations progress and this is how children are active more in a short span of time, he said.
On the need to fight terrorism, Muscat said education and employment are the best ways to overcome this issue.
We live in a time where young people are attracted to terror groups to destroy democracy and our ways of life, and the most powerful weapon to unleash against terror is education.
Terrorists are more scared of well-educated girls and boys who manage to get a good job than they will ever be of any army, he said.
Hundreds of soldiers and police officers are deployed in the air and on the ground to ensure the safety and security of all delegates attending the CHOGM that comes to an end on Sunday.