Media Briefing on #COVID -19
Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia


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March 14 at 4:39 AM ·

My Statement following Confirmation of Two Cases of COVID-19 on Namibian Soil
14 March 2020
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen,
Thank you for coming to State House,
The World Health Organization has declared COVID19 a global pandemic. Therefore, Namibia has to take steps to deal with this pandemic. The Minister of Health announced this morning that there are two confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Namibian soil.
The health of Namibians is the first priority. Appropriate precautionary measures must be taken. To protect Namibians from being affected by this virus:
1. The Independence Celebrations that were scheduled for Independence Stadium are called off. However, the swearing-in-ceremony will take place at State House.

2. The financial outlay for Independence Celebrations will be diverted to the fight against the Coronavirus.

3. The Namibian Government is suspending inbound and outbound travel to and from Qatar, Ethiopia and Germany with immediate effect for a period of 30 days.

4. All big gatherings are suspended for a period of 30 days.

5. Lockdown of Windhoek Gymnasium with immediate effect for a period of two weeks.

6. Suspension of all travels by Namibian government officials, including State-Owned Enterprises.

The Interministerial-Task Force whose members have joined me here will communicate additional Measures.

I thank you.


unofficial translation:



14. März 2020

Guten Tag, meine Damen und Herren,

Vielen Dank für Ihren Besuch im State House,
Die Weltgesundheitsorganisation hat COVID-19 zu einer globalen Pandemie erklärt. Daher muss Namibia Schritte unternehmen, um diese Pandemie zu bewältigen. Der Gesundheitsminister gab heute Morgen bekannt, dass es zwei bestätigte Fälle von COVID-19 auf namibischem Boden gibt.

Die Gesundheit der Namibier hat oberste Priorität. Es müssen geeignete Vorsichtsmaßnahmen getroffen werden, um Namibier vor der Erkrankung an diesem Virus zu schützen. Die folgenden Maßnahmen werden umgesetzt:

1. Die Unabhängigkeitsfeierlichkeiten, die für das Unabhängigkeitsstadion geplant waren, sind abgesagt. Die Vereidigung (der neuen Regierung) wird jedoch im State House stattfinden.

2. Die finanziellen Aufwendungen für die Unabhängigkeitsfeierlichkeiten werden für den Kampf gegen das Coronavirus verwendet.

3. Die namibische Regierung setzt die Ein- und Ausreise nach und aus Katar, Äthiopien und Deutschland mit sofortiger Wirkung für einen Zeitraum von 30 Tagen aus.

4. Alle großen Versammlungen werden für einen Zeitraum von 30 Tagen ausgesetzt.

5. Mit sofortiger Wirkung wird für zwei Wochen das Gymnasium in Windhoek geschlossen.

6. Alle Reisen namibischer Regierungsbeamter, einschließlich staatlicher Unternehmen, werden ausgesetzt.

Die Interministerial Task Force, deren Mitglieder sich mir hier angeschlossen haben, wird zusätzliche Maßnahmen mitteilen.


Dr. Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

New Year Message

New Year Message 31 December 2019

Fellow Namibians,

Good evening, Tonight, as you gather with family and friends in anticipation, and with expectant hearts the dawn of the Year 2020, I wish each one of you a happy, healthy and fulfilling New Year.

As we enter the Year 2020, we pause to undertake personal and collective introspection. We pause to take stock of the successes we have scored, the opportunities we have missed, the lessons we have learned and the improvements we need to make.

You will agree with me that 2019 was a challenging year for our country. In the middle of a depressed economy in which commodity prices have remained low, Mother Nature was not kind to us. We experienced one of the worst droughts in our recorded history, with adverse consequences on crop and livestock production. We were forced to declare a state of Drought Emergency, increasing pressure on our national budget. We pray to the Almighty that in the coming days and months, we will receive much needed rain, to revitalize our lands and bring much needed nourishment to our people and animals.

Despite the difficulties of 2019, as a resilient nation we have much to be proud of and have reasons to look forward to a better 2020.

Fellow Namibians,

Just over a month ago, Namibians participated in the 2019 Presidential and National Assembly Elections. As I stated during the rallies, this is not a war between enemies – but a contest between brothers and sisters. Without doubt, our 7th democratic elections were one of the most fiercely contested since our Independence in 1990. The spirited contestation by respective candidates and parties notwithstanding, the elections were conducted in a climate and spirit of peace. In democratic contestation, there are winners and losers.

I thank the people of Namibia, who are the true victors, for having ensured, through their maturity and orderly conduct, that Namibian democracy continues to mature. (...)

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Economic Revival for Inclusive Growth - Strengthening the Namibian House


Under the theme “Economic Revival for Inclusive Growth - Strengthening the Namibian House” the Summit - a private sector-led initiative hosted and coordinated by the 22 member Panel - took place in Windhoek from 31 July to 01 August 2019. The Summit was entirely funded by the private sector. 

Economic Summit keynote addressOn 31 July 2019, His Excellency Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, made the keynote address at the opening of the summit, with the purpose of exchanging views and ideas on Namibia’s response to the economic headwinds, as the country was forging a path towards recovery and growth, the President stated. (Please click on the photo to listen to the Presidents address).

Summit objectives were:

  • Generating of One Billion Worth of Investments USD
  • Removing Policy Impediments
  • Creating Employment Opportunities
  • Promoting Namibia For Investment & Tourism

In a High Level Plenary Economic Revival for Inclusive Growth: Strengthening the Namibian House, the role of the public and private sector in achieving inclusive growth and economic transformation was discussed and questions of how to achieve inclusive economic growth that addresses structural inequality. In Thematic Breakaway Sessions ideas were discussed such as how to

  • Unleash Namibia's Natural Resources in the Agriculture, Fishing, Mining sectors for increased production and value addition
  • Manufacturing in the Agriculture, Fishing, Mining sectors for increased production and value addition
  • Employment Creation: State of unemployment in Namibia | Future of work | Labour Productivity, ICT & the Future of Work | Consensus on job creation | Job creation interventions
  • Unlocking Namibia's tourism potential
  • Promoting Namibia as a preferred Investment Location
The plenary sessions on the first day focused on
  • Leveraging Regional and Continental Integration for Economic Growth
  • Leveraging Public Private Partnerships to revive the Economy
  • Ensuring Water Sufficiency: Financing Water Projects in Namibia
  • HOUSING - Mobilising Funding for Housing

and were recaptured in the plenary on Day 2, 01 August 2019, by thematic group rapporteurs. Further discussions focused on

  • Public Sector Policy Reform commitments: Policy certainty/statement/clarification
  • Private Sector Investment commitments expressed by the signing ceremony with project investor(s), and the announcement of commitments and pledges

The closing remarks and vote of thanks was delivered by His Excellency Dr. N. Mbumba, Vice President of the Republic of Namibia.

Namibia’s economic growth summit secured N$20 billion investments

In a closing off media briefing Mr Johannes Gawaxab, chairman of the newly appointed high-level panel for the Namibian economy said: “This exceeded our target of securing investments totalling one billion US dollars (about 901 million Euros)". “There were more pledges for additional projects worth N$30 billion (about 1.84 billion Euros) but we still have to scrutinise them,” Mr Gawaxab told journalists at the press conference afterwards.

Changes in Visa requirements

President Geingob in his keynote address also announced the introduction of electronic visas at entry points at a low nominal fee to be soon available. Provision will be made for easy access for highly skilled professional and sort after skills with work visas. Cabinet approved that residence visas will be offered on the back of capital investment with a yet to-be-defined threshold for foreign investors and businesspeople with already established businesses in Namibia who should be given multiple entry visas valid for five years.

Another welcome decision announced at the economic growth summit is the provision of easy access for foreign pensioners who would like to live in Namibia with residence visas. “They have their pensions in their home country but many such pensioners would like to live in our country and spend their pension money here, so let them come,” President Geingob said.

For further details please refer to the following report of 02 August, Namibia’s economic growth summit secured N$20 billion investments.

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