By Staff Reporter
Namibian President Dr. Hage G. Geingob, will travel to Gaborone in Botswana, on September 8-9, 2022, to attend inaugural session of the Botswana-Namibia Bi-National Commission (BNC).
In a press statement issued by Penda Naanda, Executive Director of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation stated that, the BNC is a high-level bilateral platform that replaced the Joint Commission on Cooperation and the Joint Permanent Commission on Security and Defence between the two countries, through the Agreement signed during the Working Visit of His Excellency Mokgweetsi E. Masisi, President of the Republic of Botswana, in Windhoek on 29 January 2022.
“The Bi-National Commission is expected to review cooperation in a wide range of areas including Diplomatic, Legal, Economic, Social, and Defence and Security, as well exchange views on issues of mutual interest and concern at the regional and multilateral fora. The two countries are expected to consider and sign new bilateral Agreements and Memoranda of Understanding.” Explained Naanda
The Heads of State Summit (BNC) will be preceded by the Senior Officials Meeting, and the Ministerial Meeting of the Bi-National Commission from 5-7 September and 8 September 2022, respectively.
His Excellency the President will be accompanied by Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Hon. Dr. Albert Kawana, Minister of Home Affairs, Immigration, Safety and Security; Hon. Carl HG Schlettwein – Minister of Agriculture, Water & Land Reform; Hon. Kalumbi Shangula, Minister of Health and Social Services; Hon. Lucia Iipumbu, Minister of Industrialisation and Trade; Adv. Festus Mbandeka, Attorney-General; Hon. Hilma Nicanor, Deputy Minister of Defence and Security, and Senior Officers and Officials.
President Geingob is expected back in the country on Friday September 9, 2022.