German minister visits Namibia

29 August 2019 | Ministries

The German minister for economic cooperation and development, Gerd Müller, is expected to arrive in Namibia today for a five-day visit.

According to the German embassy Müller will kick off his visit with a meeting with the Speaker of the National Assembly, Peter Katjavivi.

This will be followed by a meeting with Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila and the minister of finance, Calle Schlettwein.

Müller will also visit programmes supported under German development cooperation.

“He will visit projects in Katutura aimed at improving the living conditions in the informal settlements and will meet Namibian start-up companies at the Bokamoso Entrepreneurial Centre.

“Afterwards, Minister Müller and his delegation will travel to the north of Namibia where he will visit a training farm for climate adaptation strategies in agriculture in Mashare,” the statement reads.

Müller will officiate at the official opening of the newly equipped Buffalo park station in the Bwabwata National Park, which was funded with German support.

He will also meet with representatives of conservancies, the ministry of environment and tourism and non-governmental organisations.

According to the embassy Müller will also visit the port of Walvis Bay as well as a research project on the Benguela Current – supported by the German ministry for environment - before departing for South Africa on 2 September. Namibia and Germany have a longstanding relationship and development cooperation is an integral part of the relationship between the two countries.

The focal areas of the bilateral development cooperation are the promotion of sustainable economic development, the management of natural resources and the development of the transport sector.

In the current framework of bilateral technical and financial cooperation, programmes to the volume of 400 million euro (N$6.4 billion) are being implemented together with the Namibian government.

JEMIMA BEUKES

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