Foreign mission represantation takes up biggest chunk of MIRCO budget

24 Apr 2019 15:50pm
WINDHOEK, 24 APR (NAMPA) – The majority of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation’s operational budget will be spent on foreign mission representation.
Motivating her ministry’s budget allocation of N. dollars 941 million in the National Assembly on Tuesday, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said they amongst others plan to open an embassy in the United Arab Emirates and a general consulate in Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said N.dollars 587 million will be spent on foreign mission representation under the ministry’s operational budget for 2019/2020, which totals N.dollars 796 million.
She said the objective of the foreign missions is to promote and protect Namibia’s interests, support the welfare of the Namibian citizens abroad and provide consular services to Namibians, students, tourists and business people.
The four other operational projects are regional and bilateral relations and cooperation which will receive N.dollars 18 million; multilateral policy coordination which will receive N.dollars 109 million; protocol and consular services will receive N.dollars 14.2 million; and coordination and support services will receive N.dollars 67.5 million.
“As a small state operating in a complex international system, Namibia attaches great importance to multilateralism and the ministry will continue to actively participate in various regional and international conferences,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The remaining 15 per cent (N. dollars 145 million) of the budget will be spent on the ministry’s development programmes. Nandi-Ndaitwah said this amount will be used for capital projects at the ministry’s headquarters and at diplomatic missions and posts abroad.
“It is only through filling Namibia’s quotas at international organisations that we can influence decisions and acquire necessary skills to advocate Namibia’s development agenda,” said Nandi-Ndaitwah, while asking the House to support the ministry’s budget.