Ban Ki-moon arrives in Namibia

WINDHOEK: United Nations’ Secretary-General (SG) Ban Ki-moon arrived in Namibia today.

Ban, accompanied by his wife Yoo Ban Soontaek, touched down with a United Nations’ (UN) jet at the Eros Airport at about 13h00.

He was received by Defence Minister Nahas Angula, Minister of Youth, National Service, Sports and Culture Jerry Ekandjo, members of the diplomatic corps and UN country representatives in Namibia.

Various cultural groups entertained the visitors at the airport.

Ban is in the country to officially commission the UN House here, and while here he will meet President Hifikepunye Pohamba and other high-ranking government officials.

The UN House in Namibia hosts 12 agencies, funds and programmes, which work in collaboration with the Namibian Government.

The UN SG will tomorrow visit key landmarks – including the Heroes’ Acre – for a special wreath-laying ceremony, and the Independence Museum, key to Namibia’s national history.

Ban will leave for Malabo, Equatorial Guinea tomorrow afternoon to attend the 23rd Ordinary Session of the African Union (AU).