Nandi-Ndaitwah shares outcome of Foreign Policy conference

12 Jul 2017 13:40pm
GOBABIS, 12 JUL (NAMPA) - Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Tuesday shared the outcome of the Foreign Policy Conference of 2016 in the National Assembly.
The conference was held in July 2016 to align the country’s Foreign Policy in response to the rapidly changing global environment and the impact that such changes have on Namibia.
The outcome of this conference will pave the way for a new policy on international relations and cooperation.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also serves as Minister for International Relations and Cooperation, said the new policy will now have 10 chapters with 87 sub-titles, down from the current 13 chapters with 49 sub-titles.
In her parliamentary statement, Nandi-Ndaitwah said the main purpose of the review was to update what was contained in the original White Paper on Foreign Policy, while also adding new and emerging issues to the policy.
“Given the dynamic character on international relations, we also had to align our Foreign Policy objectives to address our increasing and evolving domestic priorities in line with Namibia’s National Development Plans,” she said.
The minister said the review was also in line with the Southern African Development Community Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan, the African Union Agenda 2063 as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 2030.
The previous document made reference to poverty reduction, while the reviewed document is addressing poverty eradication in line with the country’s national development objectives and Harambee Prosperity Plan, Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
She noted that similarly, the document addresses land reform instead of land reform and resettlement; ICT infrastructure instead of the promotion of information technology; gender instead of gender equality and equity; and health instead of HIV/Aids.
Nandi-Ndaitwah is expected to table the full reviewed policy on international relations and cooperation in Parliament this week.