Geingob off to the USA

President Hage Geingob and a high-level delegation will be visiting the United States this month.

07 September 2017 | Government

JEMIMA BEUKES



President Hage Geingob will fly to the United States for half a month where he is expected to address the United Nations General Assembly.

The president will also address the academic community at Rutgers University, as well as the New Jersey State Chamber of Commerce, a business advocacy organisation, on 22 September.

The presidency yesterday announced that the University of Namibia would sign an agreement with Rutgers University during this visit.

Other events on the president’s itinerary include a street renaming exercise on 16 September in Harlem, New York, in honour of the late pan-African activist Elombe Brath, who campaigned and supported African liberation movements during the colonial era.

The president will attend the UN Private Sector Forum 2017 titled ‘Financing the 2030 Agenda; Unlocking Prosperity’ on 18 September, and the Bloomberg Global Business Forum on 20 September. Other notable participants who will join Geingob at this event include Chinese entrepreneur Jack Ma of Ali Baba. Ma recently visited Namibia to discuss business opportunities in the country.

The president will also be interviewed by a number of leading media organisations in the US, including Bloomberg TV, CNBC, CNN, the Financial Times, New York Times and Washington Post.

A year ago, Geingob appeared on the Voice of America's ‘Straight Talk Africa’ show, where he promised to subject all political office bearers to lifestyle audits in an effort to curb corruption. This is yet to be introduced in Namibia.

The president will be accompanied by a few cabinet ministers, including deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, tourism minister Pohamba Shifeta, mines and energy minister Obeth Kandjoze, minister of economic planning Tom Alweendo and housing minister Sophia Shaningwa.

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