#Namibia’s President turns chief salesman of his country


(Posted 21st September 2017)

Africa’s best-kept secret is Namibia. I personally welcome you‘ is Namibia’s President Dr. Hage Geingob quoted to have said at the UN’s General Assembly in New York. Unlike many of his fellow presidents, many of whose speeches were thought to be besides the point and a waste of time, did Dr. Geingob use his five minutes of fame to promote his country as a desirable tourism and investment destination. Said the President: ‘Many African nations aspire to attract foreign investment and hope to create environments to facilitate the flow of people and capital. Namibia has the great advantage of being one of the most attractive destinations for investors and offering stability, social justice, a government focused on good governance and transparency, gender equality, respect for the environment, improved quality of life, and one of the most beautiful landscapes and unspoiled coastlines in the world.

If you haven’t already heard much about Namibia it is mostly likely because our nation is peaceful and our national culture is characterized by our quiet determination and our modest nature. We don’t make a lot of noise, but as President of Namibia I do want to personally invite interested business leaders and investors to come see for yourselves. Our desire to diversify our economy and achieve greater inclusive growth is captured in our Harambee Prosperity Plan that I would like to share with you.

In the context of competition in an emerging Africa, the case for Namibia is compelling. I am in New York this week to address the United Nations General Assembly. I spoke of the challenges of middle-income countries. I referred to Namibia’s economic development blueprint and our vision for youth employment, our strong support for the Paris Agreement on climate change, and our steadfast belief in the United Nations’ role in fostering prevention and mediation for sustaining peace in the world.

But, above all, all Namibians wish the world to know that we are proud of our nation – as large as France but with only 2.4 million inhabitants – and we are open for welcoming a family of investors and visitors who embrace our values and wish to become part of our growing success story‘.

A refreshing change from the usual posturing and jockeying seen from the main assembly hall of the United Nations.

For information about Destination Namibia click on www.namibiatourism.com.na

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