Holness in Namibia on historic State visit

Monday, July 23, 2018

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Prime Minister Andrew Holness arrived in Namibia yesterday for what his office said was the first official State visit by a Jamaican head of Government to that country.

A release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) said Holness was welcomed with traditional festivities at the Namibian Hosea Kutako International Airport by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Corporation Netumbo Nandi-Ndtaitwah; Pohamba Shifeta, minister of environment and tourism; Christine Hoebes, deputy minister of international relations and cooperation; and other dignitaries.

Holness is accompanied by Minister of Culture Olivia Grange; High Commissioner for Jamaica to South Africa Angella Comfort; Shorna-Kay Richards, director of bilateral relations at the Ministry Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade; honorary counsel for Jamaica in Namibia Professor Earl Taylor; and Dr Julius Garvey, son of Jamaican National Hero Marcus Garvey, .

The OPM said Holness engaged in a brief courtesy call with Nandi-Ndtaitwah, after which he was transported to the Namibian State House, where he had a short meeting with President Dr Hage G Geingob.

“Both leaders expressed sincere appreciation for the strong ties between Jamaica and Namibia and spoke of the history of cooperation between the two countries in relation to Namibia's independence struggle,” the OPM release said.

Today, Holness will commence the main programme of his State visit, holding official talks with the Namibian president, during which an memorandum of understanding on cooperation in the field of sports and one for political consultations will be signed.

In addition, Holness will meet with members of the Namibian private sector at a luncheon to be hosted by the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

He will then join President Geingob for the renaming of a street in the capital city of Windhoek in honour of Marcus Garvey.

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