PRESIDENT Hage Geingob said that the “future is bleak” due to the impact of climate change, which is why Namibia is trying to find new ways to cooperate with other countries to address the challenge.
Geingob said this during a courtesy call with a German business delegation. The delegation – which Geingob described as “the biggest German delegation” that he has ever seen – was led by Robert Habeck, Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Minister for Economic Affairs and Climate Action.
During the visit, discussions around the intentions and progress of the proposed Namibia-Germany green hydrogen project took focus. According to Habeck, tangible developments have been made with regards to the project, and the courtesy visit with President Geingob is a representation of Germany’s commitment to the project.
“Now things are getting concrete and the visit of me and the delegation is a commitment that we want to have and make the projects happen in Namibia,” Habeck said.
Habeck recalled that Namibia and Germany’s ambitions to collaborate on green hydrogen projects started in Davos earlier this year, when Namibia and Germany signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that focused on clean, green energy. This MoU, he explained, does not only aim for the production of cheap, reliable energy for the utilisation of Namibians, but also touches on the interest of energy exports from Namibia to other countries such as Germany.
“In Davos, we discussed a lot of things. In the centre of our discussion was energy: clean energy, green energy for Namibia. For your country having the people have a reliable and cheap energy system, but also in the interest of exports from Namibia, maybe to Germany as well,” Habeck explained.
The visit also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between Habeck and the Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo. This MoA is intended to create a conducive business environment for the green hydrogen sector in the two countries.
Geingob said that he is “very optimistic” about the green hydrogen project, adding that the two countries are trying to find ways to tackle climate change, while also doing business.