Schools invited to visit floating book fair at Walvis Bay


President Nangolo Mbumba says reading is a gateway to knowledge, a catalyst for imagination, and a cornerstone of education.

Speaking at the opening of the world's largest floating book fair, Logos Hope at Walvis Bay, Dr. Mbumba said reading books opens doors to new ideas and broadens one's perspective.

Represented by the Minister of Education, Arts, and Culture, Anna Nghipondoka, the president urged parents and guardians to instill a love for reading books in their children as early as possible.

Council of Churches in Namibia seeks fishing quota increase


The Council of Churches in Namibia (CCN) has appealed to the government to increase its fishing quota allocation from the current 1000 metric tonnes to 8000 metric tonnes per year.

CCN says the increase in the fishing quota allocation would enable the organisation's sustainability given the government's strained financial resources.

It has therefore submitted a letter to the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources, seeking the quota increase.

SWAITEX urges Botswana, Namibia to diversify trade beyond diamonds


The Swakopmund International Trade Expo (SWAITEX) has opened with a call on Botswana and Namibia to enhance trade beyond diamonds.

During the official opening, Botswana's President, Dr. Mokgweetsi Masisi, said the bilateral trade primarily revolves around the exchange of diamonds, but a lot more can still be done.

The Presidents of Namibia and Botswana co-officiated the six-day event, aimed at promoting intra-African trade and investment.

President Nangolo Mbumba lauded the historic and modern relations between the two countries.

#NAMIBIAVOTES2024 | UNGA President calls Namibians to vote


The President of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) encouraged Namibians to go out in numbers, exercise their constitutional rights, and register to vote in the November elections.

Dennis Francis said this during his departure at Hosea Kutako International Airport after his three-day visit to Namibia, where he held various developmental engagements.

Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic special envoy visits President Mbumba


The conflict between the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic and Morocco continues to revolve around the unresolved status of Western Sahara and the delay in holding a referendum for self-determination.

Tensions persist, with sporadic violence and ongoing diplomatic efforts aimed at finding a lasting and peaceful solution to the dispute.

The special envoy of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic, Ambassador Hamdi El Jalil Aali, paid a courtesy visit to President Nangolo Mbumba to provide an update on current developments in Western Sahara, which is described as a war.

President Mbumba extends condolence to Malawi


President Nangolo Mbumba says the loss resulting from the death of Malawi's Vice President, Dr. Saulos Chilima, will not only be felt by the people of Malawi but by the entire African continent.

Dr. Mbumba reacted to the tragic deaths of Chilima and nine other Malawi nationals in a military aircraft crash on Monday.

In a statement, President Mbumba said that it was unfortunate that Vice President Saulos Chilima passed on at a time when he still had so much to offer to the people of Malawi and Africa. 

President Mbumba congratulates SA for peaceful elections


President Nangolo Mbumba has congratulated the citizens and political parties of South Africa for the peaceful election held last week.

He describes the process as the most important, stating that elections are not meant to destroy countries but to renew the mandate of those elected to represent the citizens.

Dr. Mbumba says elections must ensure that citizens enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Constitution and that SADC remains peaceful.

#NAMIBIAVOTES2024 | President Mbumba appeals to eligible Namibians to register


President Nangolo Mbumba has labelled the voter registration process as a license for Namibians to vote and elect representatives of choice at national, regional, and local government levels.

President Mbumba and First Lady Sustjie Mbumba, accompanied by their children and grandchildren, registered at MTC headquarters in Olympia to participate in the upcoming Presidential and National Assembly elections. 

In full view of the rolling media cameras, the President and First Lady provided all the necessary details for the completion of the registration process.

Lesotho lobbies Namibia's support for Commonwealth SG position


Lesotho has lobbied for Namibia's support for its candidate for the Commonwealth Secretary General position.

The Special Envoy to Prime Minister Samuel Matekane, led by the Foreign Minister, paid a courtesy visit to President Nangolo Mbumba at State House. 

Lesotho, representing the southern region with fellow African nations Ghana and Gambia, is in the race for nomination as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth with its 56 member states, including Namibia.

The last time this seat was held by Africa was in 1999–2000.

Iran offers Namibia assistance in oil & gas


Iran has offered Namibia assistance in developing its recent oil and gas discoveries in the country.

Its Ambassador, Seyed Ali Sharifi Sadati paid a courtesy call to President Nangolo Mbumba.

Iran ranks fourth in the world and accounts for about 9% of global oil reserves.

Thus, the nation's accumulated expertise would be of great benefit to Namibia.

Dr. Sadati highlighted further areas of cooperation in education and training, agriculture, and water preservation, which he said would aid Namibia in mitigating the effects of persistent drought.