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EU commissioners in Namibia – The Namibian

TWO European Union (EU) commissioners, Jutta Urpilainen and Thierry Breton, are on a two-day visit in Namibia to follow up on the recently signed sustainable energy deal.

The EU’s president Ursula von der Leyen and president Hage Geingob signed a memorandum of understanding on the EU-Namibia partnership on sustainable raw materials and renewable hydrogen last November.

In a press statement issued on Monday, the EU-Namibia spokesperson, Twaku Kayofa, said the visit, which started on Tuesday, also marks 33 years of partnership since 1990.

“The total accumulated EU development assistance to Namibia since independence exceeds N$9,1 billion (€500 million at the current exchange rate), in a vast spectrum of sectors,” he said.

This N$9,1 billion has been spent on ongoing programmes, which include livestock development, early childhood development, and a broad area of human rights supportive actions, ranging from community-based natural resources management, gender equality and prevention of gender-based violence.

The commissioners will visit Geingob, deputy prime minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah,

minister of mines and energy Tom Alweendo, AfriTin Mining Company, Namport as well as private sector and civil society organisations.

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