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Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (MIRCO) Monthly E-Newsletter, October 2017

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Namibia and Algeria signed seven bilateral cooperation instruments covering several sectors during

the Inaugural Session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation between the countries that took place

from 23 to 24 October 2017, in Algiers.

The following are the instruments that were signed by the Honorouble Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah,

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and her counterpart

Honorouble Abdelkader Messahel, Minister of Foreign Affairs and The Legal Instruments of Algeria:

1. Memorandum of Understanding on the Mutual Visa Exemption for the holders of Diplomatic or

Official (Service) passports;

2. Agreement on Trade Cooperation;

3. Memorandum of Understanding on Cultural cooperation;

4. Memorandum of Understanding of cooperation in the field of Vocational training;

5. Memorandum of Understanding on Sports;

6. Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Moudjahidine and the Department of the

Veteran Affairs; and

7. Letter of Intent for Cooperation in the field of Water Resources.

During the visit Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, underlined the excellent and longstanding relations

between the two countries, marked by their common struggle for freedom and dignity as well as for the ideals of

peace and justice.

During the discussions, both sides agreed that Algeria and Namibia share the same positions on many

international issues and are pleased with the regular consultations between the two countries and the

convergence of their views on the main regional and international issues.

This Inaugural Session of the Joint Commission of Cooperation was an opportunity to give new impetus to

cooperation between the two countries in various areas. A point of emphasis that was stressed on both sides

was the need to explore the huge potentials of the two countries to improve the business climate and further

enhance cooperation up to the excellent level of the political relations between the two nations.

Both sides invited economic operators of both countries to seize business opportunities in each side to open new

prospects for cooperation as Algeria and Namibia seek to boost their relations up to a level

commensurate with our potentialities and our ambitions for a prosperous future.

At the end of the work, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed her satisfaction with the results of this

commission, underlining that the two countries need to work together by sharing their experiences to ensure a

better integration of the continent through notably, the peaceful settlement of conflicts.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister further pointed out that Algeria has the role of leadership in Africa for its

efforts in the settlement of conflicts as Algeria has spared no effort for the settlement of disagreements and

brings its support to the issues of decolonization and the peoples’ right to self-determination.

Hon Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah in reference to Namibia and Algeria joint position on the situation of the People

of Western Sahara, expressed that “it is impossible to reach progress without reaching peace and stability,”

adding that all the citizens of Africa must enjoy their right to self-determination.

In paying tribute to the late President Ahmed Ben Bella and to President Abdelaziz Bouteflika, Deputy Prime

Minister stressed that Algeria has always had an important role in the fight against colonization and apartheid.

Both Hon. Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and Minister Abdelkader Messahel stressed the importance of

ensuring that these signed agreements are implemented.






Namibia has called on African Union (AU) Member States to redouble efforts to implement Agenda 2063 for the

benefit of the people of the continent, particularly women and children.

Honorable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Coop-

eration, made this call at the opening ceremony of a successful two-day Meeting of the

African Union Ministerial Follow-Up Committee on the Implementation of the Agenda 2063 hosted by Namibia

on the 12th to the 13th October.

In her opening remarks, the DPM and Minister said: “Until now, the focus of Member States has been on the do-

mestication and establishing the relevant structures and policy documents to guide our work. Much discussion

has also taken place to understand what is expected of Member States, the Commission and other relevant stake-

holders to make our continental vision a reality,”

The Ministerial Follow-up Committee was established in January 2014, and its membership was

renewed in January 2016.

Honorable Nandi-Ndaitwah expressed optimism that the incoming Committee Members when the term of office

of the current Member States expires in January 2018, will take the Agenda 2063 process to a higher level by

incorporating goals into strategic plans to make a real impact in the lives of all Africans.

The 9th Joint Annual Ministerial Meetings held in April 2016 in Addis Ababa, co-organised by the AUC and

UNECA, recommended the streamlining of Agenda 2063, and to align their goals, priority areas, targets and

indicators at the international, continental, regional and national levels.

“In Namibia, the goals and priority areas of these Agendas have been integrated in the Fifth National

Development Plan, spearheaded by the Ministry of Economic Planning and the National Planning Commission.

Our national policies such Vision 2030, the Harambee Prosperity Plan (2016-2020), and sectoral Strategic Plans

also speak to the aspirations, goals and priority areas contained in Agenda 2063 ad Agenda 2030,” Honorable

Nandi-Ndaitwah said.

She noted that the implementation of the 13 Flagship Projects that fall within the First Ten Implementation Plan,

2014 to 2023, necessitates decisive actions to ensure financing despite the challenging economic and financial

times facing the continent and the rest of the world.

Some of the Flagship Projects include the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area; the Free Movement

of Persons and the African Passport; Silencing the Guns; the Formulation and Implementation of the AU

Commodities Strategy; as well as the Establishment of a Single Air Transport Market.

The DPM and Minister said: “There has been progress made on most of the Flagship Projects, but according to

the Report of the Commission, there seems to be some bottlenecks that this Committee Meeting would need to


She called on all stakeholders to meet the deadlines of the relevant projects, and to put together greater effort on

those that are proving to be more challenging to implement.

Considerations made of presentations at the October 12 and 13 Meeting will form the basis for the Committee’s

Report to the next Session of the Executive Council in January 2018.

The meeting was attended by member of the committee from different African counties namely, Algeria,

Cameroon, Gabon, Ethiopia, Rwanda , South Africa and host Namibia.





His Excellency Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the

Republic of Namibia, reiterated Namibian’s position for

Africa to be included in the United Nations Security

Council, at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in

New York, United States of America.

His Excellency Geingob said that the United Nations

matters most, because it is at the center of the needs and

desires of humanity.

“Therefore, it must be inclusive by including Africa at

the highest decision making level. By failing to do this,

the UN stands at risk of losing its respectability. The

only sure way to restore trust in the UN will be for the

Security Council to become more inclusive”, he said.

The Assembly was held under the theme: “Focusing on

people: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a

sustainable planet.”

“It is only through unity, that we will bring about a

world free from hunger and poverty. It is only through

unity, that we will deliver a sustainable planet for our

children and their children”, His Exellency the President

of Namibia said.

He highlighted the importance of development that

reaches all people in an equitable manner. “Growing

income disparities, between nations and within na-

tions, poses the greatest threat for peace within

countries and globally,” he said, stressing that as long

as there’s poverty and income inequality in Namibia,

lasting peace and social justice would not be


President Geingob also noted Namibia’s support of

gender equality and the importance of including

women and girls in development, as well as the


“We, in Namibia, believe that gender equity is equally

important for a stable and harmonious society,” he

added, recognizing also the contribution of women in

promoting global peace.

He also expressed the importance of seeing Africa as

an “important and equal partner of the international

community, with a contribution to make, instead of

only a source of primary commodities”.

President Geingob informed the Assembly that Na-

mibia was committed to supporting the UN to

achieve global peace. Therefore, he encouraged his

counterparts to be more tolerant by embracing di-

verse views through dialogue and understanding,

before hastily embarking on a path of force, which

will only lead to conflict and eventually war.

The President was accompanied by DMP and Minster

of International Relations and Cooperation,

Honourable Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.





The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation has noticed misinformation and

misrepresentation on Namibia’s procedural vote in the General Committee meeting that took place on

Friday, 15 September 2017.

Subsequently, and as a matter of clarity, the Ministry wishes to inform that procedurally, every item on the

agenda of the General Assembly is first considered in the General Committee, which is composed of member

states based on equitable geographic representation. The issue was discussed in the General Committee and

due to disagreement was put to a vote. If and when the Committee cannot agree on whether or not to include

the item on the Agenda of the General Assembly, the matter is then taken to the General Assembly to be re-

solved. The vote on whether or not to include the Item on the Agenda of the General Assembly was taken on

Friday, 15 September 2017, and Namibia voted against the procedure.

Namibia, like many other member states, is concerned that this concept could be used to apply

intervention by circumventing the UN Security Council, which has the mandate as per the UN Charter to

‘maintain international peace and security.’ Furthermore, to date, there is no legal instrument in place to back

R2P. The United Nations relies on Human Rights Council and other international mechanisms to deal with is-

sues of gross human rights abuses, war crimes and genocide.

What took place on Friday was a vote to include or exclude the concept on "The responsibility to

protect and the prevention of genocide, war crime, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity" in the Agen-

da of the 72nd General Assembly Session. It was not a vote against the essence of the concept as such. It was a

procedural vote. Subsequently, the item will now be discussed during the 72nd Session and a substantive reso-

lution might be introduced. Namibia will express her views and position on this issue, during that debate, and

will then decide on how to vote depending on the content of the resolution.

Namibia remains committed to defend human rights and to end human suffering, but through globally support-

ed and internationally recognized multilateral bodies and institutions. We support the

premise of the Responsibility to Protect, but through the UN Security Council.





The outgoing Ambassador of Portugal to Namibia, Her Excellency, Ms Isabela Brilhante Pedrosa has described

the promotion, learning and teaching of the Portuguese language as a foreign language in the education system

and to the Namibian Police as one of the highlight during her term in Namibia.

The outgoing Diplomat pledged her country’s commitment to preserve the Portuguese vessel from the 16th

century in the town of Oranjemund in Southern Namibia, for history and tourism purpose.

The Ambassador, whose tenure was for a year left Namibia at the end of September to take up a new

assignment as the EU Ambassador to Venezuela.

The Ambassador, whose tenure was for a year leaves Namibia at the end of September and will take up a new

assignment as the EU Ambassador to Venezuela.

The Portuguese Diplomat made the remarks during the farewell courtesy call on the Honourable Dr. Peya

Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, on Thursday, 21 September 2017.

The Deputy Minister thanked the Ambassador for her contribution to the strengthening of friendship between

the two countries and its people. He wished the Ambassador well in her new posting.

The Portuguese Diplomat made the remarks during the farewell courtesy call on the Honourable Dr. Peya

Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation.






A delegation from the Russian Company called United Wagon Company (UWC), which is one of the largest com-

panies specializing in cargo, freight and passenger wagons in Russia and Eastern Europe, paid courtesy call on

Honourable Maureen Hinda, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, on 02

October 2017.

The visit was aimed at strengthening economic cooperation between Namibia and the Russian Federation.

Picture: Front: Honourable Maureen Hinda, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of International Relations and

Cooperation and Mr. Maxim Kuzemchengo, CEO of United Wagon Company Trade House. Mr. Kuzemchengo was

accompanied by the Deputy Director for Export Projects, Andrei Orzhebowski (left) as well as (second from be-

hind -right) Ivan Loparev, Director for Exports Projects.





Mr Valery Utkin, Ambassador-Designate of the Russian Federation to Namibia presented Copy of his

Letters of Credentials to Honourable Dr. Peya Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of International Relations

and Cooperation, on Thursday, 21 September 2017.




Her Excellency Ms. Sandra McCardell, High Commissioner of Canada to Namibia, paid a courtesy visit to the

Honourable Dr. Peya Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation in Windhoek on

Thursday (14 September).

The main purpose of High Commissioner's visit to Namibia was to come and host a National Day Reception to

celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary.

The two parties also exchanged views on bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest between Namibia

and Canada, including among others, Mining, fisheries and Climate Change.






“During my many years of interaction with her, professionally and personally, I came to know Comrade Muha-

rukua as selfless, assertive and principled person, who was always on the side of the most vulnerable.

Working with Comrade Muharukua at the Ministry of Women Affairs and Child Welfare, where she served as

the Deputy Minister under me, I found her to be a resourceful and pleasant person to work with.

She always used to say that she learnt a lot from me, but as it turns out, I have equally learnt as much from her.

We worked as a team and her wisdom has made a great contribution to the output of the Ministry.

I remember assigning her to lead a delegation to an international conference, and she argued that she was just

an uneducated Himba woman, and therefore could not attend an international conference.

However on my insistence, she then attended the conference, accompanied by an interpreter, and came back

more empowered, and confident to learn, especially the official language. The rest is history, as we know.

I have lost a Comrade and a close friend, and her inspiration will continue to be my strength.

As a nation we have lost a defender of justice.

May the Hero’s life Rest in Eternal Peace.”

Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation




MIRCO's soccer and netball teams participated in the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation, NBC, Battle of All

tournament in Windhoek on 30th September 2017. Both teams made it to the quarter finals.




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