09 May 2019 16:10pm
WINDHOEK, 09 MAY (NAMPA) - President Hage Geingob believes in the United States of Africa dream, which posits African states with one currency, passport and military and that it is up to the current crop of leaders to realise it.
Geingob made the remarks at a State dinner held in honour of visiting Guinean President, Alpha Condé, on Wednesday.
The dreams also wishes see all sovereign countries building subdivisions of Africa, for Africans to move freely around the continent.
The Namibian leader expressed the need to ease cross-border movement of Africans within the continent to ensure that skilled and educated Africans are able to keep their knowledge and expertise within the continent.
The Africa we want is in our hands. We are the drivers of our own destiny. We can eradicate poverty and hunger, restore peace and give hope to those at war, he said.
He therefore highlighted that Namibia is part of the driving force with initiatives such as the approval of the visa exemption for all African diplomatic and official passport holders, which was followed through with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on Reciprocal Exemption between Namibia and Guinea.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) will assist efforts to devise new investment strategies and trade practices for the benefit of all Africans, which will include regional integration, Geingob, who serves as SADC Chairperson promised.
Both countries, through the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) and with Condé as Coordinator, will ensure sustainable energy for the future.
Africa will enhance its long-standing efforts to create an enabling environment for economic growth and prosperity, he added.
Geingob, who emphasised the need for stronger African relationships, also acknowledged that trade relations within the Pan-African movement need improvement, highlighting mining, agriculture, geology, manufacturing and food processing.
During the banquet, Condé was conferred with the Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis by Geingob, the highest honour given to sitting and former Presidents.