Hage Geingob
Hage Geingob

Addressing the 8th heads of mission week-long conference that opened in Windhoek Monday, President Hage Geingob said the diplomats should do this because the nature of international development assistance is changing from traditional donor funding to increased commercial trade and foreign direct investment.

Hage Geingob
Hage Geingob
The conference that is being held under the theme of Enhancing Economic Diplomacy for Prosperity, provides an opportunity to Namibian diplomats to exchange views and experiences to effectively promote the representation of national interests around the world.

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It is also a platform to strategize as a government to strengthen the implementation of Namibia’s foreign policy as well 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.

Geingob said the ways in which issues of bilateral and multilateral nature have been dealt with have changed.

He said SADC and the African Union and the United Nations have changed in many ways over the past decades and this means that the diplomats should recognize these realities and continue to plan accordingly.

At continental level, Geingob added, Africa is in the process of implementing Agenda 2063 to lift the continent out of poverty and underdevelopment to higher levels of good governance, peace and stability and prosperity.

“I urge our Heads of Mission in Africa to effectively interact with Regional Economic Communities and the countries of their accreditation in order to implement the Flagship Projects of Agenda 2063 related to regional economic integration, free movement of people, and the expansion and strengthening of intra-Africa trade to mention but a few,” he said.

He further urged the diplomats to reflect strategically on Namibia’s Policy on International Relations and Cooperation as an area of focus to engage the world that is constantly changing and to focus on such alliances ranging from economic, political, security, social and environment issues.

For Namibia to achieve these goals, he said, the diplomats need to pursue various actions and strategies that include vigorous pursuit of economic diplomacy; seeking the support of the international community against the war on poverty; and seeking support for Namibia’s conservation efforts and to mitigate climate change.

According to Geingob, diplomats have a role to play in stopping the rampant poaching in Namibia and to lobby for hosting the African Office of the Green Fund. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/News Ghana

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