19642334 10156352037488082 2066460185535116060 nNamibian Broadcasting Corporation & 20953154 1545170048875868 1532362652920296090 n DW Deutsche Welle

Deutsche Welle Academy opens Office in Windhoek

02 November 2017 near Windhoek, Namibia

23031176 10156783995983082 6106655906035630890 nThe Deutsche Welle, DW Akademie opened its office in Windhoek to strengthen its efforts in the field of international media development.

The DW Akademie cooperates with well-established partners such as the Namibian Broadcasters Network, NCBN, as well as the nbc.

Other activities DW Akademie is focusing on are the provision of basic journalism training, the development of new programming, audience research and strengthening media networking with the assistance of the long-standing collaboration with the nbc.

Friederike Kärcher, Head of Division Culture, Creative Industries and Sport at the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (third from the right) commended Namibia on being "a role model for media cooperation".

Germany and Namibia polish up national parks

Nov 2, 2017 German Information Centre Africa

NamParksgateThe German government is supporting Namibia in terms of nature and wildlife conservation. A common project, which has started over ten years ago, aims to improve local national parks. Several parks have already profited from the initiative, so did the Khaudum National park in the east of the country.

On October 26, two park management stations - Khaudum and Sikereti - have been inaugurated by the Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism (MET), Pohamba Shifeta.

New entrance gate for the Khaudum National Park (© KfW)

The German Ambassador Christian Schlaga as well as the Governor of the Kavango East Region, representatives of the Regional Council, traditional authorities and the German Development Bank (KfW) attended the ceremony.

The new park management stations have been co-funded by the Republic of Namibia and the Republic of Germany via the KfW in support of the Namibian Government’s development and conservation initiatives in north-eastern Namibia.

The construction was part of the latest phase of the Namibia National Parks Programme (NamParks) which has been running since 2006. The total costs of the two park management stations were about 80 million N$.

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Namibia Receives Technical, Financial Support from Germany

IMG 1610 768x512September 22, 2017

The Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have committed to the Government of the Republic of Namibia a new amount of up to €130.5 million for bilateral Technical and Financial Cooperation at the 2017 Namibia-Germany Government Negotiations on our bilateral development cooperation. This comprises up to €100 million for Financial Cooperation projects /programmes and up to €30.5 million for Technical Cooperation projects /programmes.

This new commitment is in addition to a Note Verbal commitment made in 2016 and amounted to €3 million for Technical Cooperation, plus €28.5 million from Financial Cooperation commitments made in 2009, 2012 and 2013 that will now be reprogrammed to support other projects.

This brings the total new funding available for Technical and Financial Cooperation projects and programmes in 2016 and 2017, to €133.5 million equating to N$2 billion using the current exchange rates. Of the €133.5 million, €73.5 is grant support while €60 million is interest reduced loan.

Cooperation between the two governments focuses on three focal areas which are Management of Natural Resources, Sustainable Economic Development and Transport/Logistics. This did not however disregard areas that are mutually agreed, which fall outside our co-operation.

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Ausschuss für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft des Deutschen Bundestages besuchte Namibia
Delegation Ernhrung und Landwirtschaft

Der Ausschuss für Ernährung und Landwirtschaft des Deutschen Bundestags besucht vom 1. bis 6. April 2017 Namibia. Die Delegation unter Leitung des Ausschussvorsitzenden Alois Gerig (CDU/CSU) gehören Artur Auernhammer (CDU/CSU), Hermann Färber (CDU/CSU), Carola Stauche (CDU/CSU), Rita Hagl-Kehl (SPD), Dr. Wilhelm Priesmeier (SPD) und Harald Ebner (BÜNDNIS 90/DIE GRÜNEN) an.

Thematische Schwerpunkte der Delegationsreise waren insbesondere die Auswirkungen des Klimawandels auf die Landwirtschaft, die Bedeutung von Landreformen für den Agrarsektor im südlichen Afrika, die landwirtschaftliche Aus- und Weiterbildung, die Stärkung ländlicher Regionen, die Entwicklungschancen urbaner Landwirtschaft sowie die Perspektiven des Handels im Agrar- und Ernährungsbereich sein. Die Delegation besuchte zunächst den Norden Namibias und auch die Hauptstadt Windhoek.

Die Delegation unterhielt einen intensiven Meinungsaustausch mit Abgeordneten und Regierungsmitgliedern wie auch mit Repräsentanten von Bauernverbänden, Initiativen und Nichtregierungsorganisationen. Auch Gespräche mit den deutschen politischen Stiftungen, KfW und GIZ standen auf dem Besuchsprogramm der Delegation. Zudem besuchte die Delegation verschiedene landwirtschaftliche Betriebe, Projekte der deutschen Entwicklungszusammenarbeit, agrarwissenschaftliche Forschungseinrichtungen und Universitäten, Empowerment-Projekte zur Stärkung landwirtschaftlicher Betriebsgründungen sowie Unternehmen der Lebensmittelwirtschaft.

Namibia, Germany sign shipping agreement

New Era, 2 February 2017

Logistsics Hub

Windhoek-Following two days of negotiations, Germany and Namibia signed a bilateral merchant shipping agreement aimed at transforming Namibia into a logistics hub for the southern African region.

The agreement was signed by German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Director General Reinhard Klingen, and Ministry of Works and Transport Permanent Secretary Willem Goeiemann in Windhoek on Tuesday.

This agreement is bound to further strengthen and develop economic relations between the two countries and also promote Namibia’s transformation into a logistics hub for the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

The German negotiating team consisted of Klingen, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Head of Department for International Maritime Policy, Peter Escherich, and Jürgen Göpel of the Department for International and National Affairs of Seafarers.

While the Namibian negotiating consisted of Goeiemann, Director of the Namibian Maritime and Fisheries Institute (NAMFI) Cornelius Bundje, Acting Director of Maritime Affairs, Captain Lucas Kufuna, Port Captain – Port of Walvis Bay, Pinehas Auene as well as representatives of Namibian Ports Authority (NamPort) and other senior officials from MWT, NAMFI, and the Office of the Attorney General.

Today the delegation is to visit NamPort and NAMFI in Walvis Bay in order to explore areas of cooperation.

Germany ranks first in the World Bank’s global Logistics Performance Index 2016.

For more news on the issue also click on Namibia Economist: "In a statement announcing the agreement, the two teams stated 'Shipping is the most cost-effective way to transport the vast majority of goods in international trade and will be central for global sustainable development and growth. Germany ranks first in the World Bank’s global Logistics Performance Index 2016. Short turn-around times, the interlinking of different modes of transport and advanced logistics strategies help make this possible. Under the agreement and the envisaged cooperation projects, German companies can provide this know-how to make a major contribution to more trade and growth in and with Africa.'”

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