President Hage Geingob on Saturday departed for the United States of America to address the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York and hold other key engagements in the USA.
A statement by the president’s press secretary, Albertus Aochamub, said President Geingob would be on official business to the US from September 10 to October 4 on a programme packed with high-level engagements, both at the UN and the North American business sector.
The president’s itinerary includes giving public lectures at two universities, attending the UN general assemblies and engaging with the business sector. He is scheduled to give public lectures at the University of Columbia in New York on September 26 and at the Harvard Kennedy School in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 28.
“Some of the key themes that President Geingob will focus on relate to his vision of a new Africa, with emphasis on transparency and effective governance reforms in Africa, development reform and constitutional democracy,” Aochamub said in a statement.
At the UN General Assembly Geingob is scheduled to appear before the assembly on September 22, as the eighth speaker of the day. He is also expected to engage in several bilateral meetings and receptions on the sidelines of the General Assembly at the request of other heads of state.
Aochamub says the president of Portugal and president of Guyana have already requested an audience with Geingob. More are expected to follow. On September 19 Geingob is expected to attend the Clinton Global Initiative 2016 Annual Meeting, under the theme, ‘Partnering for Global Prosperity.’
The engagement with the private sector would see Geingob speaking at the Constituency for Africa at a Trade and Investment Roundtable on September 14 in Washington DC. He is also scheduled to address the Africa Policy Forum on September 15.
In New York Geingob will host the ‘Namibian Business Forum’ on September 22, as a curtain raiser to the investment conference to be hosted in Windhoek in November 2016.
“There would also be a US-Africa Business Forum organised by the US Department of Commerce and Bloomberg Philanthropies where the Head of State will play a key role,” Aochamub said.
Accompanying Geingob on the trip are Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Netumbo Nandi-Ndeitwah, Minister of Finance Calle Schlettwein, Minister of Mines and Energy Obeth Kandjoze, Minister of Economic Planning Tom Alweendo, Minister of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development Immanuel Ngatjizeko, Minister of Labour and Industrial Relations Erkki Nghimtina and Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana.