Namibia and USA commit to cement relationship

WINDHOEK: Namibia and the United States of America (USA) on Thursday reiterated commitments to cement existing cordial relationships between the two countries.

The representatives of both the Namibian and American governments reiterated their eagerness to grow the existing bilateral relationship during the 238th anniversary celebrations of US Independence Day at a local hotel.

In his remarks, Minister of Information and Communication and Technology Joel Kaapanda told the invited guests that Namibia has over the past few years witnessed the handing-over of various projects funded by the US Millennium Challenge Account, which have had a direct impact on Namibian people’s lives.

“Other US-funded programmes such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Peace Corps also continue to play a significant role in Namibia. We are very grateful for this generous assistance”, the minister stated.

On her part, USA’s Charge de’ Affaires Mary-Grace McGeehan said the past 24 years have heralded a vibrant relationship between the peoples of these two nations.

She applauded Namibia for having made notable achievements in the education sector with the introduction of free primary education for all children, and in the health sector with the offering of a wider array of healthcare services in clinics and health centres across the country.

The US diplomat also lauded the Namibian government and its people for having maintained peace and stability within the country and the region.

“Mostly importantly, Namibia’s resources now belong to its people. Credit for these achievements lie with the Namibian government and the people.

But, I am pleased that the Government of the United States of America has had the opportunity to contribute to Namibia’s impressive social and economic progress”, beamed McGeehan.

Meanwhile, she stated that US President Barack Obama will host the US-Africa Summit in Washington soon, in which both the American and African leaders will explore ways to improve trade and investment, build peace and security as well as invest in the next generation of African leaders.

McGeehan also told the invited guests that nine young Namibians are now on a six-week-academic and leadership training course in her country, along with other young leaders from around the globe.

The diplomat said her country will continue to help Namibia to strengthen its international competitiveness and regional trade capacity through the USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub.

“We will also be helping Namibia mitigate the effects of the recent drought situation by training local farmers in agricultural techniques which will make them less vulnerable to future droughts through the USAID Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance”, she continued.

US Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States of America commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 04 July 1776 from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now known as the United Kingdom).

SOURCE: NAMPA

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