29 Jul 2019 15:30pm
WINDHOEK, 29 JUL (NAMPA) - Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah on Monday briefed members of the diplomatic corps on various initiatives Namibia has engaged in thus far in 2019 through bilateral and multilateral cooperation.
Nandi-Ndaitwah noted that the efficiency of information and communication technology does not replace diplomacy, hence the need for continued interaction on platforms such as the briefing ceremony.
Highlighting the events, the deputy prime minister said Namibia concluded successful State visits by Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Guinea, Democratic Republic of Congo, coupled with joint commissions of cooperation.
She cited President Hage Geingobs declaration of a state of emergency pertaining to drought and acknowledged the bilateral and multilateral development partners who responded to the call.
On behalf of the Government and the people of Namibia, I wish to express our deep thanks and appreciation for your solidarity and generosity, she added.
She added that since Namibia assumed the Southern African Development Community (SADC) chairpersonship, several milestones were reached in areas such as the African Continental Free Trade Area Agreement, the establishment of the SADC regional parliament and the benchmarking of the Pan-African Parliament and Africa Legislative Assembly with the European Parliament.
Namibia further participated in the deployment of SADC Electoral Observation Missions to Eswatini, Madagascar, Malawi and South Africa.
She further noted that Namibia participated in the Women, Peace and Security Focal Points Networking Meeting; International Womens Peace Centre and Trafficking in Persons conference, among others.
Nandi-Ndaitwah further urged the international community to accept Namibia's brown passports, explaining that the booklets, which were normally used for stateless persons, were introduced by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Immigration as an alternative in the absence of green passport booklet.
She said that the status of the nationality is explicitly stated within the passport book.