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Namibia Celebrates Independence Day on March 21

By Joy Osiagwu

The Republic of Namibia is a country located on the southwestern coast of Africa with a landmass of 825,615, sq km. Its closest neighbors are Angola, Zambia, Botswana, and South Africa. The capital city is Windhoek. The nation has a population of 2.5million and the languages spoken are English, German, Afrikaans, Otijiherero, Khoekhoegowab, Oshiwambo, Rukwangali, Setswana, silozi ikung Thimbukushu and Gciriku. The Germans had controlled the region which it named Southwest Africa in the late 1800s.

The discovery of Diamonds in 1908 witnessed the arrival of many Europeans. However, South Africa took control during the first world war and managed the region under a league of Nations mandate. Namibia gained independence in 1990 following a bush war of about 25 years and a protracted battle against South Africa’s dominance.

Current Governance Structure

The governance structure is made up of the executive, legislative, and judiciary. The cabinet (president, prime minister, and ministers) implements the law under the leadership of the President, Hage Geingob.

H.E.  Hage Geingob is the president of Namibia.

Prime minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila

Trending News in Namibia

The Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia (EIF) has controlled over N$3 billion in development funds accessed via development partners in support of adaption and other enterprises in the country.

The news is coming on the heels of the celebration of the 11th year since it was created. The fund has been described as one of the state-owned success initiatives operating a holistic strategy for financing.

Worthy of mention is the successful facilitation of 32 product supply agreements with formal markets on behalf of the beneficiaries. The EIF has a worthy history of creating natural resource-based enterprises. So far, it has created 44 in 23 constituencies.

Namibia-Canada Relations

Canada established bilateral relations with the Republic of Namibia in 1990 after its independence. Canada is represented by a High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa, and an Honorary Consul in Windhoek.

The Hon. Walter McLean is the Namibian Honorary Consul at the Consulate of the Republic of Namibia in Waterloo, Ontario.

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