President Hage Geingob of Namibia will be leaving for the United States to address the 71st session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly on Sept 22.

He will depart for New York this Saturday, accompanied by First Lady Monica Geingos, the Press Secretary in the Office of the Presidency, Albertus Aochamub, said in a media statement here Thursday.

While in the US, the Head of State will hold public lectures at Columbia University in New York on Sept 26 and at Harvard University's Kennedy School in Boston on Sept 28 on his vision of a new Africa with emphasis on transparency and effective governance reforms in Africa, development reforms and constitutional democracy.

Several bilateral meetings and receptions will also take place at the request of other presidents on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. "Thus far, the presidents of the Republics of Portugal and that of Guyana are amongst those who have already requested a meeting with the Namibian Head of State. More are expected to follow," he noted.

The Namibian leader will also attend the Clinton Global Initiative 2016 annual meeting under the theme "Partnering for Global Prosperity" on Sept 19. A series of meetings with the American business community will also take place.

Geingob will also speak at the Constituency for Africa at a Trade and Investment Roundtable and address the Africa Policy Forum on Sept 14 and 15 respectively and will host "The Namibia Business Forum" as a curtain raiser to the Investment Conference to be hosted in Windhoek in November 2016.

There will also be a US-Africa Business Forum organized by the US Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philantropies, where the Head of State and his delegation will play a key role.

Ministers who will accompany Geingob on the trip include Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah; Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein; Mines and Energy Minister Obeth Kandjoze; Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo; Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development Immanuel Ngatjizeko; Minister Labour and Industrial Relations Erkki Nghimtina; and Home Affairs (Interior) and Immigration Minister Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.

The delegation will return on Oct 4.