AFRICA is at a critical stage in her history and the continent will have to seize the opportunitie presented by an unprecedented level of growth and development.
President Hage Geingob during a Sate Banquet held in honour of the visiting Rwandan Head of State, President Paul Kagame said if the people do utilize the opportunities poverty van be eradicated.
“We cannot do so without effective governance, respect for the rule of law, and sustainable development, President Geingob said.
Dr. Geingob said the perseverance of the people of Rwanda and that of President Kagame is evidenced in their impressive economic growth and pace of transformation that is starting to bear fruit.
“Rwanda’s advancements in the sectors of agriculture and tourism continue to impress. For this reason, I am convinced that cooperation with Rwanda in the areas of agriculture and tourism will be mutually beneficial.”
Dr. Geingob said that i pursuance of the African Agenda 2063, Namibia reaffirms its commitment to continue supporting African Union efforts to devise new investment strategies and trade practices for the benefit of Africa.
Dr. Geingob’s full address during the State Banquet reads as follows
It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Namibia, to once again welcome Your Excellency and your esteemed delegation to Namibia. My invitation to Your Excellency is an affirmation of Namibia’s desire to strengthen the bonds of friendship between our people, which is anchored on principles of mutual respect and Pan–Africanism.
We are indeed delighted to host you in Namibia.
I have had the pleasure to visit Rwanda three times since becoming President and of course we recall with fondness, Your Excellency’s Working Visit to Namibia, during the 38th SADC Summit last year. I am confident that Your Excellency’s historic State Visit, will add impetus to the strengthening of Rwanda-Namibia bilateral relations and cooperation.
Subsequently, this visit should allow us to broaden our partnership and open new areas of cooperation, so as to fully optimize the immense untapped potential that exists between our two countries: namely, in the areas of trade, agriculture, tourism and ICT, to mention but a few.
I had the pleasure, at Your Excellency’s kind invitation, to attend Kwibohora/Rwanda Liberation Day, last month and I witnessed first-hand, a nation and people on the march towards a peaceful, united and prosperous future. Namibia commends the fraternal people of Rwanda for their perseverance.
Your perseverance as evidenced in your impressive economic growth and pace of transformation is starting to bear fruits. Rwanda’s advancements in the sectors of agriculture and tourism continue to impress. For this reason, I am convinced that cooperation with Rwanda in the areas of agriculture and tourism will be mutually beneficial.
In pursuance of the African Agenda 2063, Namibia reaffirms its commitment to continue supporting African Union efforts to devise new investment strategies and trade practices for the benefit of Africa.
Allow me Your Excellency, at this juncture, to commend you for your sterling work in spearheading the AU institutional reforms, as mandated by the Assembly of Heads of State in July 2016.
Under Your astute leadership, we have taken great strides towards establishing a system of governance for the AU that augments our efforts to address the challenges facing the continent, and to deliver on Agenda 2063 – The Africa We Want.
Africa is at a critical stage in her history. The continent is on the verge of experiencing an unprecedented level of growth and development. We have to seize the opportunity.
If we do, we can eradicate poverty and bring hope to those caught up in poverty.
We cannot do so without effective governance, respect for the rule of law, and sustainable development.
In conclusion, I reiterate Namibia`s firm commitment to further strengthen and deepen our relations with Rwanda for the mutual benefit of our two countries and people.
With Your Excellency’s visit to Namibia, we are confident that the Rwanda-Namibia relationship is about to enter a period of enhanced and constant dialogue, cooperation and support.
With these remarks, it is my singular honour to ask you to join me as I propose a toast.
I propose a toast to the continued good health of His Excellency, my dear Brother, President Paul Kagame, and to the lasting friendship, solidarity and partnership between the people of Rwanda and Namibia, and to the peace and prosperity of the people of Namibia, Rwanda and Africa as a whole.