Cabinet approves Southern Africa Liberation Day
13 May 2016 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 13 MAY (NAMPA) Cabinet approved the proposal by Angola for 23 March to be declared Southern Africa Liberation Day.
Addressing a media conference in the capital on Thursday, Minister of Information and Communication Technology (MICT) Tjekero Tweya said at its meeting held on 10 May 2016, Cabinet authorised the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation to communicate Namibia's agreement with the proposal to the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Secretariat for approval by SADC.
He said it has not yet been discussed whether the day would be a public holiday in Namibia.
Cabinet also approved the same ministry to submit Namibia's request for the inclusion of the Windhoek Declaration on Aviation Security and Facilitation in Africa at the next African Union (AU) Heads of State Summit to be held in Kigali, Rwanda in July 2016 as well as the matters arising from the African High Level Ministerial Conference on Aviation Security held in Windhoek from 04 to 09 April 2016.
Cabinet already endorsed the targets in the Windhoek Declaration of April 2016 for implementation by Namibia, and noted progress already made by Namibia in meeting the targets.
The targets are in line with Agenda 2063 that were already adopted by SADC Heads of State, and includes that AU members by that year rekindle the passion of Pan-Africanism and a sense of unity and self-reliance in highlighting the triumph of the 20th century, while incorporating the AU goal of integration and peace.
Agenda 2063 makes note of one common passport for all Africans to be issued by 2018 and the abolishment of visas by all member states.
Tweya further said Cabinet approved the International Investment Conference to be renamed Invest in Namibia Conference and directed the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development to proceed with preparations, and instructed that it be held from 08 to 09 November 2016 in Windhoek.
Cabinet also approved Namibia's membership to the Steering Committee of the International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) to enable the country to obtain more experience and information on matters handled by IDEA.