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Namibia, Botswana to increase trade via Walvis Bay harbour

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The governments of Namibia and Botswana are determined to increase trade using the Walvis Bay harbour and surrounding infrastructure.

President Nangolo Mbumba and his Batswana counterpart, Mokgweetsi Masisi, visited the Walvis Bay harbour this week.

Deliberate efforts to increase bilateral trade are ongoing, including the long-term lease of the Botswana Dry Port within the harbour.

SWAITEX urges Botswana, Namibia to diversify trade beyond diamonds

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The Swakopmund International Trade Expo (SWAITEX) has opened with a call on Botswana and Namibia to enhance trade beyond diamonds.

During the official opening, Botswana's President, Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, said the bilateral trade primarily revolves around the exchange of diamonds, but a lot more can still be done.

The Presidents of Namibia and Botswana co-officiated the six-day event, aimed at promoting intra-African trade and investment.

President Nangolo Mbumba lauded the historic and modern relations between the two countries.

Namibia, Botswana launched joint civil-military cooperation plan

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Namibia and Botswana today launched a joint civil-military cooperation plan aimed at sensitising communities living along the common border about the importance of peaceful coexistence and good neighbourliness.

The launch took place in Kasane, Botswana.

The first four-day sensitization campaign will take place in July and will focus on illegal border crossings, illegal fishing, poaching, and the smuggling of arms and ammunition. The second campaign, which will focus on human-wildlife conflict, is scheduled for August.

Rise in Gam population triggers demand for basic services

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A member of the OvaHerero Repatriation Day Committee, Johnathan Katjimune, says there is a need for the government to hastily inject into the development of Gam Settlement to meet the needs of the growing population.

Speaking to nbc News on the sidelines of OvaHerero Repatriation Day, Katjimune says with the imminent return of about 1,000 Namibian descendants from Botswana, the demand for services will outweigh the supply.

Katjimune says Gam is still challenged by a lack of grazing or farming land, housing, and education facilities that need intervention.

Botswana celebrates Dr. Hage Geingob legacy

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Botswana held a state memorial service in honour of the late President Hage Geingob, honouring his legacy while cementing the relationship between the two countries.

The two Heads of State, President Nangolo Mbumba and President Mokgweetsi Masisi, hailed the legacy left behind by Dr. Geingob.

The relationship between Namibia and Botswana dates back to the days of Namibia's struggle for independence.

Progress made in Trans-Kalahari Railway Line Project

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Namibia's Minister of Works and Transport and his Botswana counterpart are happy with the progress made so far with the implementation of the Trans-Kalahari Railway Line Project.

The two ministers briefed the media on the development at Swakopmund during a Joint Ministerial Committee meeting.

The bilateral Trans-Kalahari Railway Line is expected to link the Port of Walvis Bay via Gobabis to Botswana and the SADC to enhance trade in the region.

President Masisi pays courtesy call on State House 

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President Nangolo Mbumba has assured President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana that sound neighbourliness will continue, just as the late President Hage Geingob would have wanted.

Mbumba received a courtesy visit from Masisi at State House on Wednesday.

President Masisi was in Windhoek to offer condolences on behalf of Batswana following the death of Dr. Geingob.

The Geingob-Masisi friendship was one that was characterised by respect and good neighbourliness.

Geingob half mast honour

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As a mark of respect for the late Namibian leader Hage Geingob, various countries around the world have directed that national flags be hoisted at half-mast.

In the SADC region, Botswana, on Sunday, as part of their mourning for the late Namibian leader, directed that flags countrywide be hoisted at half-mast until the late Dr. Geingob is buried.

In East Africa, Kenya's President William Ruto issued an executive order that all flags fly at half mast starting Monday as a sign of respect.

Namibia commemorates World Children's Day

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Namibia marked World Children's Day at Walvis Bay.

The event was attended by the presidents of Botswana, Zimbabwe, and the host nation, Namibia.

Zambia was represented by the Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Doreen Mwamba.

It was a night dedicated to the children, one that was not only attended by children from Namibia but also those from neighbouring countries.

They directed the proceedings at an opportune time, not only to celebrate their day but also as a platform to engage their leaders and those who matter in their lives.

Namibia, Botswana advocate for harmonisation of roaming charges

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Namibia and Botswana are advocating for the swift harmonisation of roaming charges to facilitate smooth connectivity while abroad.

Acknowledging the crucial role that uninterrupted connectivity plays in today's interconnected world, the two countries have collaboratively proposed expediting the harmonisation of roaming charges to guarantee that citizens can experience seamless connectivity while travelling internationally.