US invested greatly in Namibia: Daughton

04 Jul 2017 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JUL (NAMPA) - The United States of America (USA) and Namibia’s diplomatic relations which date back to before Namibia’s independence 27 years ago, has benefited the health, education, youth and environmental affairs of this country.
US Ambassador Thomas Daughton said this during on Monday evening, a day before his country’s 241st independence anniversary the following day, 04 July.
Daughton said the USA has helped develop Namibia in every sector and region and he is happy to report a rise in return.
He highlighted the investment in Namibia’s youth through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Millennium Challenge Account (MCA).
“America has believed in the importance of Namibia’s youth from the very beginning….and has invested significantly in helping this country’s youth succeed,” said the ambassador.
He cited the USAID’s decade-long programme in the 90s to help convert Namibia’s primary education system to an English-language base and the schools and libraries built by the MCA.
Daughton said he is certain that the youth will succeed as he on various trips throughout the country encountered schoolchildren who are eager for education and excited to build a better country for themselves.
Another project of the US Embassy in Namibia that benefited the youth is the Peace Corps that started in September 1990 with 14 volunteers and has accommodated more than 1 700 American volunteers in education and health.
“This programme has been and continues to be one of the most important investments in Namibia’s future.”
The ambassador noted their significant contribution in Namibia’s environment and tourism sector, including helping with the alleviation of natural disasters like the drought.
The USA also assisted by donating eight water tankers to facilitate community and school sanitation.
Also speaking at the event, Namibia’s Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maureen Hinda highlighted that the two countries' share longstanding and cordial relations, underscored by the valuable support through the embassy’s programmes.
“Today, HIV-positive mothers are giving birth to HIV-negative babies and about 80 per cent of people living with HIV/Aids are receiving treatment, all made possible to a large extent by the support of the United States Government through the President’s Emergency Plan For Aids Relief (PEPFAR) programme,” she said.