Cabinet extends repatriation project

Cabinet also approved the ratification of the agreement on cooperation between Namibia and Russia’s justice ministries, as well as a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters between the two countries.

17 May 2021 | Local News

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Cabinet has approved the extension of the inter-ministerial committee for the repatriation of persons of Namibian descent’s mandate for a period of two years to 2021/2022 and 2022/2023.

In a media statement issued on Thursday, the ministry of information and communication technology indicated that Cabinet directed the international relations ministry to formally request Botswana to provide information with regard to the number of people and their households who want to be voluntarily repatriated to Namibia.

Furthermore, based on the outcome of the seventh extraordinary meeting of the board of governors of the African Development Fund (ADF) held virtually on 5 March, Cabinet noted that the governments of Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg and Sweden have expressed their willingness to provide special temporary callable capital, in view of the current difficult economic and financial environment and the need for the fund to maintain its AAA (high-level creditworthiness) rating.

“Cabinet took note of ADF’s timely response to the Covid-19 pandemic through the establishment of the crisis response facility, which leveraged the fund’s resources to support regional member countries’ efforts to address the social and economic crisis,” the statement read.

Bilateral agreements

Cabinet also approved the ratification of the agreement on cooperation between Namibia and Russia’s justice ministries, as well as a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters between the two countries.

The justice ministry has been directed to proceed with the ratification process of two bilateral agreements in collaboration with the international relations ministry.

Additionally, the justice ministry has been directed to submit Namibia’s report on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council on the Protection, Promotion and Fulfilment of Human Rights after approval by the Human Rights Council with all its recommendations to Cabinet for consideration and endorsement.

“Cabinet directed the justice ministry and all members of the inter-ministerial committee on human rights to conduct information and awareness-raising initiatives on the UPR,” it stated.

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