By Eliaser Ndeyanale
THE Namibian government through the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation will review its foreign policy during a foreign policy conference slated for next week.
The conference, which will be attended by among other head of mission will take place at the Windhoek Country Club on 25-29 July. Addressing the media ahead of the high profile conference this afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister and International Relation Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, said the decision to review Namibian foreign policy was taken at Cabinet last year to analyse the impact of global changes on the country’s domestic policies reflecting new and emerging issues and identify strategic priorities of Namibian policy.
“This will enable us to maximize the benefits we derive from our international engagements,” the minister said.
She stated that the conference will focus on the eradication of poverty in line with the national development agenda as outlined in Vision 2030, National Development Programmes, 2014 Swapo election manifesto, the Harambee Prosperity Plan (HPP) and complemented by the African Union (AU) agenda 2063 and UN Agenda 2030 on sustainable development.
“This review is an opportunity to reflect on how the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation can continue to effectively serve the interests of the Namibian people, contributing to their security, prosperity and wellbeing and promotion of our values, through an active international engagement.”
Namibia’s current foreign policy is based on the 2004 White Paper which complements the constitutional provisions that sates that in her international relations, Namibia shall endeavour to ensure that it adopts and maintains foreign policy which are non-alignment; promoting mutual beneficial relations; promoting international peace, security and cooperation; respecting international law, treaties and conventions; and the encouragement of dispute resolutions.
In addition, the minister said that the topics of presentation and discussion range from poverty eradication, agriculture, blue economy, travel and investment, multilateral and bilateral cooperation, infrastructural development, land reform, foreign service, public diplomacy, cultural diplomacy, education, gender and youth empowerment.
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