Namibia, Cuba to explore new areas of economic cooperation

Namibia and Cuba will explore new areas of economic cooperation during the three-day state visit of Cuba's President Miguel Diaz Canel-Bermudez.

Ahead of the Heroes' Day commemoration, President Hage Geingob and First Lady Monica Geingos welcomed the Cuban leader and First Lady, Lis Cuesta Peraza, at State House.

The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, says the visit cements the traditional friendship between the two countries, which is slowly translating into economic trade.

Namibia-China trade increases

Last year, the total trade between Namibia and China stood at N$22.1 billion.

The Executive Director in the Ministry of Industrialization and Trade, Sikongo Haihambo, says this represents an increase of 28.1% compared to the previous year.

Haihambo, who was speaking at the China-Namibia Business Network in Windhoek, says China is one of Namibia's leading trading partners in the world, falling to third position in terms of exports and second position in the top countries Namibia imports from.

Namibia, China recommit to strengthening relations

Namibia’s commitment to and promotion of processes, systems, and institutions will continue to influence its development path.

President Hage Geingob emphasised this during the bilateral meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping on the margins of the BRICS Summit in Sandton on Thursday.

He said that during his tenure as Minister of Trade, he ensured that concerns around non-adherence to Namibian laws by some Chinese business people were addressed with China’s leadership.

Namibia, Tanzania enter stage of economic diplomacy

The sound bilateral ties between Namibia and Tanzania have entered the stage of economic diplomacy.

President Hage Geingob commended the outgoing High Commissioner, Dr. Modestus Kipilimba, for actively promoting cooperation in this regard.

Dr. Kipilimba is ending his tour of diplomatic duty in Namibia, and as a satisfied Head of Mission, he outlined achievements during the last three years.

He is the first resident diplomat after the Tanzanian government opened its diplomatic mission in 2021, after years of concurrently serving Namibia from South Africa.

Katima Mulilo Border Post open 24 hours

The Katima Mulilo Border Post between Namibia and Zambia is now operational 24 hours a day.

The around-the-clock operation was launched by the Ministers of Home Affairs following a decision taken by the two countries governments in Livingstone in April this year.

Namibia's Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security, Dr. Albert Kawana, noted that the introduction of 24-hour operation for the Katima Mulilo Border Post is another milestone for both countries.

Dr. Kawana believes that the move will have great economic benefits for both countries.

SA pledges commitment to providing electricity to Namibia

South Africa's Minister of Electricity has pledged his country's commitment to continue supplying electricity to Namibia.

Dr. Kgosientsho Ramokgopa made this commitment during a media briefing in Windhoek.
Namibia generates about 40% of its energy needs domestically, while the remaining 60% is imported from neighbouring countries via the Southern African Power Pool. Out of this, 100 megawatts are sourced from South Africa.

However, South Africa has been grappling with energy shortages and consequent load shedding for a considerable period of time.

Introduction of contactless microchip ID approved

Namibia's Cabinet has approved the introduction of contactless microchip identity documents.

Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Dr. Peya Mushelenga, said during his weekly Cabinet Briefing that the Ministry of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety, and Security has now been directed to consider the introduction of digital ID documents that would comprise all national documents.

Among other Cabinet decisions, Dr. Mushelenga also stated that additional funding for critical activities and interventions to strengthen health systems has been approved.