Foreign Policy to be reviewed and updated

21 Jul 2016 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 21 JUL (NAMPA) – Namibia’s foreign policy will be reviewed during a weeklong conference in Windhoek as from Monday.
The conference will see all Namibia’s foreign representatives and foreign and invited speakers doing presentations and taking part in discussions to review, and update the country's foreign policy.
During a media briefing in Windhoek on Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the complex global environment requires the Government of Namibia to have the right mix of policies and instruments in place to promote the country's national interests.
“Every foreign policy is a reflection of the country’s history and it's aspirations for the future,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She added that Namibia's Foreign Policy was crafted against the backdrop of the country’s national liberation struggle and the end of the Cold War.
Some of the policies guided by Article 96 of the Namibian Constitution, which deals with Foreign Relations, states that in its international relations, Namibia shall endeavour to ensure that it adopts and maintains a policy of non-alignment; promotes international cooperation, peace and stability; creates and maintains just and mutual beneficial relations among nations; fosters respect for international law and treaty obligations; and encourage the settling of international disputes by peaceful means.
“This review is an opportunity to reflect on how the ministry can continue to effectively serve the interest of the Namibian people; contributing to their security, prosperity and wellbeing; and the promotion of our values through an active international engagement,” Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
Some of the topics that will be discussed include poverty eradication; agriculture; trade and investment; multilateral and bilateral cooperation; infrastructural development; land reform, foreign service, public and cultural diplomacy.
The conference, which ends next Friday, will be opened by President Hage Geingob.