Sunday 24 September 2017
(New Era 09/22/17)
Windhoek-United Stated President, Donald Trump, on Wednesday singled out Namibia’s healthcare system when he hosted a lunch for African leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly taking place in New York. During his welcoming address to numerous African leaders, including President Hage Geingob, attending the annual UN summit, Trump talked about the US’ continued partnership on critical health initiatives. “Uganda has made incredible strides in the battle against HIV/AIDS. In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak. Namibia’s health system is increasingly self-sufficient. My Secretary of Health and Human Services will be travelling to Africa to promote our Global Health Security Agenda,” Trump told the visiting leaders from across Africa...
(Xinhuanet 09/08/17)
Communication ministers from the Southern Development Community (SADC) countries vowed on Thursday to turn the region into an information and knowledge-based economy. This emerged from a ICT (information and communication technology) meeting taking place in Durban, a coastal city in southeastern South Africa. Communication ministers from 15 SADC countries have been meeting in Durban since Monday to discuss the region's ICT infrastructure. The meeting, also attended by policy regulators, implementing agencies and ICT industry players, was designed to help create a more integrated region and help move its communication systems forward. "An accessible, affordable and reliable telecommunications is essential for us to benefit from the Fourth Industrial Revolution which has the potential to leapfrog SADC region economically and socially as...
(New Era 09/05/17)
President Hage Geingob has reminded the world that the protracted Western Sahara issue still needs sorting out. Namibia has on many occasions undertaken not to tire in its quest to see Morocco, which was recently re-admitted into the African Union (AU), give up its illegal occupation of Western Sahara. Geingob made the call in Windhoek on Monday when he addressed a conference of the African-European party dialogue of socialists and democrats, aimed at overcoming inequality as a political challenge. “I don’t know why socialists are quiet. We are not assisting those who want to get their independence. In Europe and Africa, we are not helping them [Western Sahara] to get self-independence.
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli said here Monday that China is ready to work with Namibia to achieve greater progress in bilateral relations. Zhang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks when meeting with Namibian President Hage Geingob. The vice premier said Chinese President Xi Jinping met with Geingob twice -- in Beijing in 2014 and at the 2015 Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on...
(The Namibia Economist 08/24/17)
China’s highest level visit to the country in six years, will see Chinese First Deputy Premier of the state council, Zhang Gaoli in the country from 26 to 29 August, according to the new Chinese Ambassador to Namibia. Namibia will be the Chinese Vice Premier’s stop after having visited other countries like Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Sudan. At a media briefing with the new Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming this week, he said Namibia is the only stop in...
(New Era 08/24/17)
A member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the First Deputy Premier of the State Council, Zhang Gaoli, will visit Namibia where he will sign several agreements with President Hage Geingob later this week. The high-level visit – the first one of this magnitude in six years – will take place from August 26 to August 29. Chinese Ambassador to Namibia, Zhang Yiming, announced the visit...
(New Era 08/23/17)
The Presidency has defended itself regarding Christopher ‘Chris’ Cox, who claimed to be President Donald Trump’s Advisor on North Africa and the Sahel Region, saying all routine verifications were conducted, as is the norm, on the role Cox plays in the United States before any appointment was granted. This follows public criticism that President Hage Geingob allowed Cox, who is allegedly a hoax, to pay him a private visit at State House a week ago. Affirmative Repositioning (AR) youth activist,...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli's visit to Namibia will further promote traditional friendship and cooperation, the Chinese Ambassador to Namibia said Tuesday. Ambassador Zhang Yiming said at a media briefing in Windhoek that during the visit from Aug. 26 to 29, the two countries will exchange views on cooperation concerning politics, economy, technology and culture. "Besides meeting with Namibia's President Hage Geingob, the vice premier will visit landmark cooperation projects such as the Husab Uranium Mine, the container terminal of Walvis Bay and the Space Tracking, Telemetry and Command Station," he said. The ambassador said a series of cooperation agreements
(New Era 08/23/17)
Former President Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a Business Leaders Breakfast event aimed at creating an opportunity for the private sector companies, entities, consortiums and individuals from Namibia and other countries to make pledges to advance the objectives of the African World Heritage Fund. The Namibian Government has supported the operations of the Fund for many years through an agreement that was signed in 2014. Namibia boasts two World Heritage Sites inscribed on the World Heritage prestige list namely, Namib Sand...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
China is dedicated to enhancing its cooperation with Africa in human resource development through knowledge and technology transfer, a Chinese diplomat said Tuesday. Liu Tao, Charge d'Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, made the remarks at the Chinese Government Training Program Fellowship Reception in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa. He said China, since the year 2000, has sent over 2,000 agricultural experts and over 7,000 medical personnel to Africa, and has trained more than 80,000 Africans from more than 50...
(Xinhuanet 07/28/17)
Namibia's president Hage Geingob Friday ordered Omusati regional governor Erkki Endjala to issue another apology for tribal remarks he made in a recorded telephone conversation. Endjala was recorded a few weeks ago by a woman known as Taimi Tekla Imbili during a private conversation saying that the people who belong to the Kwanyama tribe were stupid. The Kwanyama is a sub-tribe of the Owambo people who are dominant in the north of the country. Endjala also said that one of Swapo's prominent liberation war heroes Peter Nanyemba, who was a Kwanyama, was troublesome. The recording also captures Endjala alleging that the Kwanyama killed John Pandeni, who was local government minister in 2008.
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(AFP (eng) 07/21/17)
On a thin strip of land at the bay of Luederitz in southern Namibia are dozens of gravestones bearing the names of each German soldier killed during a largely forgotten colonial war. Nearby is a single marble plaque anonymously marking all their fallen adversaries. Between 1904 and 1908, tens of thousands of men, women and children belonging to the Herero and Nama tribes that stood up to German rule were killed in battle, or died of starvation, cold or mistreatment...
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(New Era 06/07/17)
Windhoek — President Hage Geingob says there is much ground to cover to ensure the complete lifting of the United States of America's long running economic and trade blockade against Cuba. Geingob made the remarks yesterday during the commencement of the 5th Continental African Conference in Solidarity with Cuba, where about 174 delegates, including several Cuban nationals, were gathered. He said Africa would continue to support the people of Cuba until the world sees the total elimination of existing economic...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(The Namibian 05/16/17)
President Hage Geingob yesterday said genocide negotiations with Germany would be less credible without unity, and with the exclusion of representatives of the affected communities. He expressed these views while addressing the Ovaherero and Ovambanderu Genocide Foundation, and the Nama Technical Committee on Genocide. The two groups, led by Ida Hoffmann and Vekuii Rukoro, met Geingob at State House. The President said he chose to meet the groups in order to seek unity between them as division would make a...
(The Namibian 05/16/17)
Acting SME Bank chief executive Benastus Herunga has opened a criminal case against dismissed senior executives seeking reinstatement at the troubled bank to recover close to N$200 million supposedly invested in South Africa. Namibian authorities have so far failed to recover around N$150 million of the investment, which was made into untraceable companies. Athough details of the criminal charges are sketchy, The Namibian understands that Herunga wants former SME Bank CEO Tawanda Mumvuma, finance manager Joseph Banda and treasury manager...
(APA 05/08/17)
Swaziland’s King Mswati III is expected to visit the headquarters of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) in Windhoek on Thursday. The Swazi monarch, who is the current chair of SACU, is expected to hold general talks with the union’s secretariat as well as interact with the staff, the Namibia Press Agency reported on Monday. SACU, the 105 year old customs union, serves as the engine for regional integration and development among its five member states – Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho,...

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