Geingob wants heads of mission to be proactive

08 Aug 2016 14:31pm
WINDHOEK, 08 AUG (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob has urged Namibian heads of mission to follow up on agreements signed with other countries and organisations, as well as the outcomes of joint commissions of cooperation Namibia enters into.
Geingob said this in a speech delivered on his behalf during the opening of the five-day eighth Heads of Mission conference under the theme 'Enhancing Economic Diplomacy for Prosperity' in the capital on Monday.
He reminded delegates of their importance to Namibia and the world at large.
“You are our agents of change in the international community. You have the power, through a deep understanding of our developmental aspirations, to use these stated forums to bring about change, which will result in a prosperous future for our people; and our economy will be characterised by value addition, mineral beatification, rapid industrialisation and accelerated job creation.”
Geingob urged the heads of mission in Africa to effectively interact with regional economic communities and the countries of their accreditation in order to implement flagship projects of Agenda 2063 – and African Union (AU) strategy on having Africans benefit from the rich continent’s resources.
He specifically pointed out projects that relate to regional economic integration, free movement of people and the expansion and strengthening of intra-Africa trade.
“At continental level, Africa is in the process of implementing Agenda 2063, which is our collective vision as Africans to lift our continent out of poverty and underdevelopment to higher levels of good governance, peace and stability and prosperity.”
The AU strategy guides the continent on how it should effectively learn from lessons of the past, build on the progress underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the short, medium and long term, so as to ensure positive socio-economic transformation within the next 50 years.
Speaking at the same occasion, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the heads of mission are expected to represent the country well and fully oversee the implementation of agreements.
She explained that the conference, which follows on the heels of the Namibian Foreign Policy Review conference, is aimed at informing Namibian ambassadors, high commissioners and heads of mission of the latest developments in various sectors of Namibia.
The conference will also focus on the outcome of the Namibian Foreign Policy Review Conference and information collected can be incorporated in the White Paper on Namibia’s Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Management, Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
Currently, Namibia has 32 diplomatic missions abroad and is represented by 34 honorary consuls in various countries.
The conference ends Friday.