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Namibia and China businesses urged to partner in health sector

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President Nangolo Mbumba has called for professional partnerships between Namibian businesses and Chinese counterparts in the health sector. 

Dr. Mbumba received a courtesy call from the delegation from AIDEA Pharma, a high-tech pharmaceutical company, at State House.

Among others, the China-based AIDEA Pharma company aims to accelerate drug innovation with a rigorous scientific attitude. 

According to Dr. Heliang Fu, the chairman of AIDEA Pharma, the strong focus is on the major diseases that seriously threaten human health. 

President Mbumba commends Germany's commitment to Green Hydrogen project

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President Nangolo Mbumba has applauded Germany's commitment to the realisation of the Green Hydrogen project and programme in Namibia. 

Dr. Mbumba met with the Energy Envoy of Germany, Rainer Baake, at State House.

The German government has been supporting Namibia's Green Hydrogen programme through funding for private companies to develop projects in different parts of the country.

One such is the company HyIron, established through a partnership of Namibian and German companies that work in the field of renewable energies and engineering. 

First Lady addresses inequalities

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First Lady Sustjie Mbumba hosted a high-level Roundtable Discussion on inequalities, HIV, TB, Malaria, and Pandemics at State House on Friday.

During the opening of the discussion, Madame Mbumba encouraged individuals and organisations to speak out against inequality or injustice.

The First Lady says that there can be no rest until equality is achieved.

Nangolo Mbumba new head of state

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It was a solemn atmosphere at State House today as Cabinet ministers reacted to the passing of President Hage Geingob.

nbc Senior Producer Gordon Joseph spoke to Vice President Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and other Cabinet ministers at the swearing-in ceremony.

Nandi Ndaitwah said Geingob's legacy would be edged into the history of Namibia, describing his life as one dedicated to Namibia and its people.

Learners, teachers from Oshikoto Region visit State House

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President Hage Geingob has encouraged school learners to take their studies seriously, true to the saying that 'education is the greatest equaliser'.

Learners and teachers from the Oshikoto Region visited State House as part of their school tour to Windhoek.

The pupils are from Tsumeb English Medium, Ontana Combined School, and Nehale Secondary School, from grades seven to twelve.

The visit to State House saw them engage the President and senior officials from the Presidency.

Namibian health system remains under control

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The public health situation in Namibia remains stable and under control, and the government is pleased with the World Health Organisation's (WHO) performance.

This assurance was provided by the Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, during the courtesy call by the WHO Chief at State House.

In the past, Namibia experienced an overburden of communicable diseases such as HIV, TB, and malaria.

This has seen the government increase investments in the health sector to bring infection rates under control and ensure access to treatment.

UN streamlines several agencies in Namibia

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The United Nations in Namibia says it is streamlining the work of its several agencies.

UN Resident Coordinator Hopolang Phororo spoke to nbc News following a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House.

The UN has twenty agencies in Namibia, including the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, UNAIDS, and UNESCO.

Each specialised agency has a specific mandate, supporting Namibia's development priorities articulated in the National Development Plans, Harambee Prosperity Plan, and Vision 2030.

BoN worried about risks posed to positive economic outlook

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The Bank of Namibia (BoN) is worried about the risks posed to the positive economic outlook by challenges such as water supply disruptions, looming droughts, and infrastructure constraints.

The central bank's top management, led by Governor Johannes !Gawaxab, flagged this during a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House.

Although economic activity improved during the first four months of 2023, challenges including water supply disruption, a looming drought, and infrastructure constraints could impact future projections.

GIPF and Government to sign agreement for a pension-backed home loan facility

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The Government Institutions Pensions Fund (GIPF) and the Namibian government are to sign an agreement for a pension-backed home loan facility to enable members to buy houses.

The outgoing Chief Executive Officer, David Nuyoma, paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geingob at State House, who praised him for growing the Fund's portfolio.

nbc News asked him about the possibility of GIPF members using a certain percentage of their pension funds to secure housing, as had been the call by quarters of society.