Cabinet wants Namibia to keep participating in AU activities

18 Apr 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 APR (NAMPA) – Cabinet approved that as a member of the African Union (AU), Namibia should continue participating in its activities, particularly of bodies where it is designated to represent the region or the continent.
The approval follows the participation of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndeitwah in the 32nd Ordinary Session Assembly of the AU held from 10-11 February this year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where Namibia reaffirmed her commitment to AU activities.
This was said on Thursday by Information and Communication Technology Minister, Stanley Simataa during a media briefing on decisions Cabinet finalised.
He said Cabinet has directed various affected government institutions to take action in their responsibilities, with regard to the various commitments.
These, Simataa added include the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration conducting a study informed by national consultations by June 2019 on the 1969 Organisation of the African Union (OAU) Convention for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons in Africa, with the view to ratifying the two instruments.
The study should be presented to the relevant Cabinet committee for consideration and to start the process of ratifying the protocol to the treaty establishing the African Economic Community, relating to the free movement of persons, rights of residence, rights of establishment and the AU convention governing specific aspects of refugee problems in Africa.
Cabinet also directed the Office of the Prime Minister and MICT in collaboration with relevant stakeholders to accelerate the process of developing a legal framework to enable cooperation with Estonia in the field of digitalisation, Simataa further told the briefing.
The ICT minister continued that considering Namibia’s membership on the C20, a technical committee of the Cabinet committee on defence, security and international relations, it was directed that it defines Namibia’s position on the ongoing negotiations vis-à-vis its national interests, taking into account that Africa is no longer united on the Common Africa Position.