United Kingdom`s Minister for Africa and Member of Parliament,Mr. Mark Simmonds is making a four ( 4) day visit to Namibia from September 4- 7
This will be his first visit to Namibia as Minister for Africa.
Mr Simmonds is expected to meet with the NAMPOL’s Chief Inspector Victoria Matjila and Chief Inspector Josia Shikongo at the Wanaheda Police Station in Windhoek on Thursday 5 September at 09h00.
Thereafter he will undertake a tour visiting a prominent Shebeen area, a Police Mobile Station and a Beat Patrol area.
He will be introduced to Neighbourhood Watch Groups as well as the Network Against Crime.
In a Statement from British High Commission in Namibia, narrates that his visit was seen as an important opportunity to further develop the UK’s relationship with Namibia, update the Namibian government on the UK’s G8 presidency this year and seek regional views on the UK’s priority G8 themes of trade, tax and transparency.
The Minister for Africa will also attend the launch of the G8 Public-Private Sector Dialogue on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism, promoting trade links, raising the UK’s profile in Namibia.
Already an important business partner for the UK, it is hoped that the Minister’s visit will formulate further high-level cooperation between Namibia and the UK that is ambitious in scale and ultimately drives economic growth for both countries.
He will however meet the Prime Minister Dr. Hage Geingob and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Defence, Environment and Tourism, and the Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission Mr. Paulus Noah during his visit in the country.
The meetings will focus on how to strengthen trade and investment links between the two countries, Regional and International security issues as well as identifying areas for further cooperation.
He will end his tour by meeting the British Business Group in Namibia where they will discuss business opportunities and learn more about their experiences in doing business in the country.