Namibia aims to be Africa's prime travel destination


Namibia could become a prime travel destination in Africa with the right international partnerships in the hospitality industry. 

This is one view of the participants at the African Hospitality Investment Forum underway in Windhoek.

The African Hospitality Investment Forum is hoping to boost investments in tourism projects, infrastructure development, and hotel development across the African continent.

More than 400 business leaders from local and international markets will thus be engaging in critical networking over the next three days.

AU Commission Chair highlights progress, challenges, and calls for unity on Africa Day


To mark the celebration of Africa Day, the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has reflected on Africa's journey from 1963 to 2024, celebrating milestones like liberation from colonialism and apartheid and economic growth. 

He also addressed ongoing challenges such as demographic pressures, social constraints, climate change, and governance issues. 

He highlighted the role of youth and women in shaping the future, called for mobilisation to tackle crises, and promoted peace and security.

Minister Mushelenga highlights Africa's growing interconnectedness on Africa Day


The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation says Africa is becoming increasingly interconnected, strengthening the continent's resolve to achieve a united continent.

In his speech at the 61st celebration of Africa Day, Dr. Peya Mushelenga highlighted that 54 AU member states signed and 47 ratified the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), signed in Kigali in 2018.

Minister Mushelenga says the ratification of the AfCFTA is evidence of deeper continental integration and could potentially lift 30 million people out of poverty.

Africa needs to manufacture vaccines locally


There is a need for Africa to locally manufacture vaccines and fill immunisation gaps.

Currently, Africa imports 99 percent of its vaccines.

Moreover, more than 90 percent of medicines and medical devices are imported.

This situation has proven to be a challenge in Namibia and other nations during pandemics such as COVID-19, monkeypox, and Ebola.

This is concerning and raises questions about the preparedness for future pandemics, emphasising the importance of partnerships and collaboration.

Geingob was a "giant amongst men" - Patricia Scotland


The Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland, visited the late President Geingob's family. 

Patricia Scotland expressed the deep sense of loss felt by the entire Commonwealth family over the death of Dr. Hage Geingob.

She described him as a "giant amongst men" and a key figure in the liberation movement in southern Africa. 

The nbc Assures comprehensive coverage of late President Geingob's memorial and funeral services


The Namibian Broadcasting Corporation's Director General, Stanley Similo, says the national broadcaster is ready to provide coverage of the memorial and funeral services of the late President Hage Geingob.

Similo made this remark during an update on the national broadcaster's readiness for the memorial and funeral services.

The Director-General says he has confidence in his teams and is positive that the national broadcaster will successfully cover the events.

UNDP explores innovative solutions for Africa's development challenges 


New strategies are required for Africa's complete development.

As a result, the 2023 United Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa will explore innovative solutions for Africa's developmental challenges.

The four-day meeting will explore innovative approaches that harness foresight and technology to reclaim Africa's development trajectory as well as assess progress made towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

Africa regresses in attaining 2008 Declaration


Africa has regressed in attaining commitments made in the 2008 Declaration on Accelerating the Achievement of Water and Sanitation Goals. 

This is according to Namibia's Minister of Agriculture, Water, and Land Reform, Calle Schlettwein, who officially opened the 7th Africa Sanitation and Hygiene Conference at Swakopmund.

The five-day conference is a platform for technical and political dialogue with governments and stakeholders to address sanitation and hygiene challenges in Africa.

International Freedom Festival highlights Namibia's commitment to media freedom


Namibia's commitment to transparency and open communication has helped the country remain a beacon for media freedom in Africa.

These were the remarks of the Executive Director in the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (MICT), Dr. Audrin Mathe, who spoke during the opening ceremony of the 10th edition of the International Festival of Freedom of Expression and the Press.

Many journalists in Africa work under difficult conditions, with harassment and threats a daily part of their lives.

President Geingob attends Africa Energy Week


Africa should be allowed to strike a balance between transitioning to clean energy production and using its oil and gas discoveries to develop and industrialise.

This is just one of the arguments brought forward during the Africa Energy Week conference underway in Cape Town, South Africa.

More than 600 million Africans are said to be facing energy insecurity, despite the continent being endowed with natural resources to produce electricity.