African ambassadors exploring development opportunities in Erongo
SWAKOPMUND, 05 OCT (NAMPA) - Ten heads of African diplomatic missions in Namibia are touring the Erongo Region to acquaint themselves with the various available development opportunities here.
The ambassadors and high commissioners are from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Congo Brazzaville, Libya, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Nigeria.
The two-day visit, which started on Thursday, covers the Husab Uranium mine, Port of Walvis Bay, Arandis town and Cape Cross seal colony.
Head of the delegation, Ambassador Anastas Kaboba Kasongo Wa-Kimba from the DRC said the aim is to know the region better in terms of natural resources which can be exploited for economic development.
He said sitting in Windhoek [where their offices are] does not give them a better understanding of what the regions can offer.
“It is a sad truth that most Africans do not know the resources available in their countries; other people know our resources better than us. This is why we are here so we can increase that knowledge,” said the ambassador.
Those with dry ports in Namibia, such as Botswana, also indicated that they came to see how the operations are going and find ways to improve.
Regional Governor Cleophas Mutjavikua received the diplomats on Thursday and urged them to identify development programmes for Africans.
“Africa is rich but our people are poor because resources are being taken out to benefit other nations. It is our responsibility as leaders to make sure our resources benefit our people,” said the governor.
Mutjavikua said leaders must ensure services such as cheap electricity and affordable housing are given to communities.
“We must adopt a guerrilla entrepreneurial mindset, whereby we take the best ideas or resources in the world and implement them at home,” he said.
The courtesy call was also attended by local authority councillors from Arandis, Henties Bay, Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.