Prime Minister concludes visit to America

WASHINGTON: The Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob on Friday concluded an official visit to America.

The Premier started his trip with a visit to Cuba before going on to Toronto, Canada; arriving in the United States of America (USA) on 04 March, where he visited several cities and amongst others met with members of Congress, the Senate, and business personalities.

He addressed them on the latest developments in Namibia, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region and Africa in general.

During his visit to New York, Geingob paid a courtesy call on United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, where he delivered an invitation from President Hifikepunye Pohamba for Ban to attend the official inauguration of UN House in Windhoek.

Namibia’s Ambassador to the US, Martin Andjaba in an interview on Friday described Geingob’s visit as a success.

He said the Prime Minister had “very good” and thought provoking meetings with US government officials and business people to discuss issues of bilateral cooperation between the USA and Namibia.

Among the issues discussed were US programmes assisting Namibia to meet its developmental needs.

These include the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA)-Namibia, the Africa Growth Development Act (AGOA) and the US President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief (PEPFAR).

The MCA-Namibia programme is expected to end in September this year, while AGOA is expected to end in 2015.

Meanwhile, the US government last year cut by its PEPFAR assistance to Namibia by N.dollars 89 million.

This followed an announcement by US President Barack Obama to cut US.dollars 5 billion from the entire PEPFAR Fund for the 2013 fiscal year, leaving nations that heavily depended on this fund worried about what the future holds for their fight against HIV/Aids.

The Prime Minister and his delegation are expected to return to Namibia this week.