UNDP chief meets Pohamba

05 Dec 2013 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 05 DEC (NAMPA) – The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark on Wednesday paid a courtesy call on President Hifikepunye Pohamba at State House.
Speaking to reporters after her closed-door meeting with the Namibian leader, the UNDP chief said they had a very fruitful meeting.
“We discussed various issues, including the drought situation in Namibia, and other socio-economic development issues of Namibia in particular, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in general,” she noted.
Before the private meeting, Pohamba officially welcomed Clark to Namibia, saying she is not only a friend, but also the leader of a very important world organisation.
“What I would like to start with is to say that we are happy with your leadership, and we wish you well in leading that large organisation, which is part of our United Nations’ (UN) system,” he stated.
Pohamba also said the UNDP country staff members here are doing a wonderful job in co-ordinating the organisation’s activities with the Namibian Government and various Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
Clark, who is also the chairperson of the United Nations’ Development Group (UNDG), is visiting Namibia for four days in order to exchange views with government leaders and NGOs on developmental challenges facing Namibia, and how the UNDP could strengthen its support here.
Before meeting the Namibian Head of State, the UNDP Administrator held separate meetings with Prime Minister Dr Hage Geingob, the Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Theo-Ben Gurirab and several Government ministers.
She will also visit UNDP partner project sites at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region before returning to New York in the United States of America (USA) on Friday.