Commonwealth greatly important to Namibia : Ndivayele

11 Mar 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 11 MAR (NAMPA) - Namibia attaches great importance to its cooperation with the Commonwealth, the Director of Multilateral Affairs in the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, Michael Ndivayele has said.
Ndivayele was speaking at the Commemoration of the 70th Commonwealth Day in the capital on Monday.
Ndivayele pointed out that Namibia continuously benefits from the Commonwealth technical assistance programmes, which include the Commonwealth Fund Technical Cooperation (CFTC).
“The Fund has assisted Namibia in many fields such as aquaculture; mining and energy; local government; human resource planning; public financial management; and strengthening of the Magistrates’ Commission,” Ndivayele said.
Ndivayele explained that the well-connected Commonwealth means closer accords around the shared values and principles of the Commonwealth charter, referring the celebration’s theme of “Connected Commonwealth.”
“We work together to protect our natural environment and the ocean which we share and that connects many of our nations shore-to-shore. We cooperate on trade to encourage inclusive economic empowerment for all people, particularly women and the youth, including the marginalised communities,” Ndivayele said.
Speaking at the same event, Botswana High Commissioner to Namibia and Dean of the Commonwealth, Claurinah Modise said Commonwealth Day is a reminder of the fundamental values of democracy, individual liberty, freedom, equality and world peace as enshrined in the Singapore Declaration of 1971.
The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent and equal sovereign states.