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Sunday 21 April 2019
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Geingob wants vigorous economic diplomacy

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President Hage Geingob has called on the country’s 32 heads of missions to adopt vigorous economic diplomacy methods to secure the support of the international community against the war on poverty.In a statement read on his behalf by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila this week addressing heads of mission at the 8th Heads of Mission Conference, held under the theme “Enhancing Economic Diplomacy for Prosperity”, Geingob said the platform provides an opportunity to exchange views and experiences in order to continue to effectively promote the representation of our national interests around the world.
Geingob urged the diplomats to also seek support for Namibia’s conservation efforts and to mitigate climate change. “Namibia has been experiencing increased poaching of endangered species like the rhinoceros, which we condemn, and invite the support of friendly nations to bring to a halt the killing of our protected species. You have a role to play in telling our success story in conservation,” he said.
He added that: “As we focus our efforts on the eradication of poverty in Namibia, let me emphasize the critical role to be played by our ambassadors, high commissioners, consul generals and honorary consuls.” In order for an impact to be made on the ground, Geingob requested the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, to see to it that all our diplomatic  missions and general consulates are allocated specific regions in Namibia to which they should attract social and economic projects. “This will be in addition to your tasks to promote trade and investment in general.”
“This conference should serve as a forum to learn from the lessons of the past and to chart a future course informed by the present realities and possible future scenarios. This should be based on sound analysis of domestic, regional and international economic, security and geo-political developments and trends,” he said. He urged diplomats to ensure that the country’s Policy on International Relations and Cooperation as an area of focus to engage the world that is constantly changing is reflected strategically.
“The nature of regional and international geo-politics continues to evolve as countries seek to build the best alliances to advance and protect their interests. The focus of such changing alliances range from economic, political, security, social and environment issues, to mention but a few,” he mentioned.
He further added that: We are also cognisant of the fact that the nature of international development assistance to developing nations is changing from traditional donor funding to increased commercial trade and foreign direct investment, as it should be.”“We must, therefore, find new ways and means of responding to these changing conditions so that we can remain on track with our national development priorities,” Geingob said.
He also urged the heads of mission to work hard and follow up on Agreements that Namibia has signed with other countries and organisations, as well as on the outcomes of the many Joint Commissions of Cooperation.“You are our “agents of change” in the international community. You have the power, through a deep understanding of our developmental aspirations, to use these stated forums to bring about an impactful and long lasting change, which will result in a prosperous future for our people; a prosperous future, where our economy will be characterized by value addition, mineral beneficiation, rapid industrialisation and accelerated job creation,” he said.
This is the challenge that lies ahead of you and the challenge the Namibian people have entrusted to you and expect you to meet, he said.




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