President Geingob reiterates Namibia's neutral stance in going Russia-Ukraine conflict

President Hage Geingob says Namibia and several other African countries remain neutral in the ongoing Russia-Ukraine conflict and will continue to call for de-escalation.

About 17 African countries overwhelmingly declined to vote in a UN resolution condemning Russia's actions last year, with some citing historical support Russia offered during the continent's fight against colonialism.

EU calls for new policy areas of cooperation with Namibia

The European Union wants to include new policy areas of cooperation with Namibia under the Global Gateway strategy.

The Global Gateway is part of EU's offer to its partners with investments to secure links in digital, and energy transport sectors as well as strengthen health, education and research systems across the world.

EU delegation Commissioners, Jutta Urpilainen for International Partnerships and Thierry Breton for Internal Market paid a courtesy call on President Hage Geringob at State House.

EU visits the mix informal settlements

Commissioner Jutta Urpilainen, in charge of International Partnerships at the European Union, paid a familiarisation visit to the mix informal settlements, 20 km north of Windhoek. 

The EU, through its Budget Support Programme, funded an Early Childhood Development Centre at mix which opened in April last year. 

With close to 11 000 inhabitants and more than 4 000 households, people living at mix informal settlements are no strangers to high rates of unemployment or poor service delivery. 

EU funds five local Civil Society Organisation N$ 32 million

The EU has funded five Civil Society Organizations with more than N$ 32 million.

The funding will enable the organisations to continue their work effectively.

Civil Society Organisations working in a wide range of sectors, such as nutrition and food security,  youth and women empowerment, media ecology and sustainable urban development.

Beneficiaries include Shack Dwellers Association, Namibia Food Security Alliance of Namibia, Institute for Public Policy Research and Namibia Media Trust, and Women's Action for Development and Hope Initiative. 

EU & NPC launch Annual Action plan 2022

 European Union and the National Planning Commission jointly launched an Annual Action plan 2022, committing 437 million dollars for the three programs in the area of early childhood development, governance and gender.

The three programs will strengthen the bond between Namibia and the European Union. 

Foundational education is allocated N$ 291 million dollars, for governance and gender equality N$ 45,5 million and the Technical Cooperation Facility receives N$100 million.

LPM leader Swartbooi kicked out of PAP

Loide Kasingo, the leader of a delegation of lawmakers in Namibia to the Pan-African Parliament has refused to shed light on a heated incident involving one of its members in a recent session, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The leader and chief change campaigner of the Landless People's Movement Bernadus Swartbooi was asked to leave a plenary session by security personnel for allegedly using foul language, a few days ago.

Diesel prices to increase this Wednesday

As the international oil market continues to have a huge fall in oil demand, diesel prices are expected to increase on Wednesday by 198 cents per litre.

It is, however, a relief for petrol users as prices remain unchanged.

The new prices in Walvis Bay will be N$24.10 per litre for diesel and, as for the rest of the country, they will be adjusted accordingly.

The depreciation of the Namibian dollar against the US dollar as of now will cause negative effects on the pockets of fuel consumers.

EU, Ministry of Industrialisation to host Economic Partnership Agreement trade forum

The European Union and the Ministry of Industrialisation and Trade will host the Economic Partnership Agreement trade forum next week.

The purpose of the forum is to sensitize Namibian organisations and companies on the export and import opportunities under the Namibia-EU agreement.

The EPA is an agreement signed between the European Union and several SADC countries in 2016, with the implementation having commenced in 2018.

Namibia, EU sign MoU

Namibia and the European Union (EU) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding to establish a partnership on sustainable raw material value chains and renewable hydrogen.

This is in line with Namibia's development plans such as NDPs and the Harambee Prosperity Plan.

The EU Ambassador, Sinikka Antila, discussed this and other matters with President Hage Geingob at the State House.

Namibia and the EU both agree that securing a sustainable supply of raw materials, especially critical raw materials, is a prerequisite for delivering on green and clean energy objectives.