New Ambassadors and High Commissioners-Designate commissioned

04 Sep 2013 15:10
WINDHOEK, 04 SEP (NAMPA) - President Hifikepunye Pohamba commissioned 10 new Ambassadors and High Commissioners-Designate at State House in the capital on Wednesday.
Ambassador-Designate Balbina Daes Pienaar will now represent Namibia in Zimbabwe, replacing Panduleni Shingenge while Morina Muuondjo has been appointed as Ambassador to Sweden, replacing Daniel Smith.
Sophia Nangombe was appointed as Ambassador to Japan, which is a new post; and Sabine Böhlke-Möller is the new Ambassador to the United Nations Office in Geneva and Other International Organisations in Switzerland, which is also a new post.
Jerobeam Shaanika is the new Ambassador for Cuba, replacing Hopelong Ipinge.
High Commissioner-Designate Peingeondjabi Shipoh will represent Namibia in Nigeria, replacing Selma Hashipala-Musavyi; Steve Katjiuanjo is the new Namibian High Commissioner for the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, replacing George Liswaniso; while Pius Dunaiski will head to India to fill a vacancy there.
Ambassadors-Designate Wilbard Hellao will replace Ringo Abed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) while Simon Maruta replaces Raphael Dinyando in Austria.
During the commissioning ceremony, Pohamba called on the Namibian envoys to work hard in order to give practical meaning to the principles of Namibia’s foreign and economic policies through the establishment of meaningful bilateral co-operation.
“I call upon you to work towards the implementation of the agreements of co-operation that Namibia has signed with the countries of your accreditation,” he stated.
He also called on the Ambassadors and High Commissioners to constantly educate and update themselves about the Namibian Government’s policy positions in different areas, as well as on important policy interventions such as the National Development Plans and Vision 2030 in order to carry out their duties effectively.
The Head of State cautioned that Namibia is a product of international solidarity and as such, the promotion of stronger relations with friendly countries and organisations that supported Namibia’s liberation struggle remains important.
“Through your hard work as envoys, Namibia will reap many benefits in the form of stronger bilateral co-operation, increased trade and investments, stronger economic co-operation and more people-to-people exchanges between Namibia and its co-operation partners,” the President said.
He also called on the envoys to work hard in order to attract more investors to Namibia to establish industries that will create employment opportunities, add value to the country’s natural resources, and facilitate the transfer of technology to accelerate the industrialisation of Namibia’s economy.
“You should market and promote Namibian products and services in different parts of the world,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues who were commissioned on Wednesday, High Commissioner-Designate to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Peingeondjabi Shipoh said they are “ready to serve”.
“We will put the interests of Namibia first. I want to assure you that we remain loyal and committed to serving the Government and the people of Namibia to the best of our abilities,” he said.
Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Chief of the Namibian Defence Force (NDF) Lieutenant-General Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah; Special Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Tuliameni Kalomoh; Angolan Ambassador to Namibia and Dean of Diplomats Manuel Rodrigues; Executive Director in the Office of the President, Hinyangelwa Asheeke and other senior Government officials witnessed the commissioning ceremony.