Review conference on Namibia’s Foreign Policy ends

30 Jul 2016 12:40pm
WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) - The five-day conference to update Namibia's Foreign Policy concluded here on Friday.
The conference brought together all Namibia’s foreign representatives and government ministers, among others, with the aim to analyse the impact of global changes on Namibia’s domestic and international policies, reflect on new and emerging issues, and identify strategic priorities of international relations and cooperation.
It was conducted through interactive sessions and presentations that would inform the Foreign Policy outcome document.
Speaking at the closing ceremony here on Friday, Vice-President Nickey Iyambo applauded participants for their contributions that will help in the identification of new strategies and priorities to Namibia’s international agenda.
“On behalf of President Hage Geingob and the government, I would like to applaud the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation for organising the successful conference to enhance our international relations and engagements,” he said.
The review of the policy aims to move from traditional foreign affairs to international relations and cooperation.
He noted that the review of the policy is one of the key priorities of the national Harambee Prosperity Plan, which was launched by Geingob this year.
The vice-president called on all Namibian diplomats to embark on social and economic agenda through economic diplomacy, which are among others economic growth, poverty eradication and prosperity.
Iyambo called on the line ministry to fast-track the implementation of the outcomes of the conference.
On her part, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the outcome of the conference will be drawn from the recommendations taken during the presentations and discussions done during the conference.
“This review is an opportunity to reflect on how our ministry can continue to effectively serve the interests of the Namibian people, contributing to their security, prosperity and well-being, and the promotion of our values through active international engagement,” she said.
Presentations covered areas such as agriculture; 'blue economy'; Namibia’s image; tourism, trade and industry; infrastructure development; information and communication technology (ICT); Southern African Development Community (SADC); World Trade Organisation (WTO); Southern African Customs Union (SACU); African Union (AU); United Nations (UN); African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP); environment; Commonwealth; human rights; amongst others, and how they shape Namibia’s Foreign Policy.
Over 600 people were attendance.