Germany returning Stone Cross artifact to Namibia

Berlin museum said it is returning the Stone Cross of Cape Cross, a key cultural artifact, to Namibia. The cross, placed on Namibia’s coast by Portuguese explorers in 1486, is a symbol of the country’s colonial past.

The German Historical Museum in Berlin announced that it is returning to Namibia a 15th century artifact known as the Stone Cross of Cape Cross. The country has called for the object’s return since June 2017.

The artifact was originally erected by explorer Diogo Cao in 1486 on the coastline of present-day Namibia to signify Portuguese territorial claims, as well as serve as a navigational marker.  The 1.1 ton, 3.5-meter (11-foot) Stone Cross is emblazoned with the Portuguese coat of arms as well as inscriptions in Portuguese and Latin. Its presence, alongside other such crosses, was so significant as maps at the time. The crosse also gave the coast’s present-day name: Cape Cross.

The restitution planned for August, is a “clear signal that we want words to be followed by deeds.” said Monika Grütters, Germany’s State Secretary for Culture and Media.

Horasis Global Meeting

Dr Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia intervention at the Horasis Global Meeting in Estoril.

We are facing a world that is increasingly complex and treacherous – and ultimately out of balance. As technology and globalization transform our world, what models of governance and collaboration are needed to support an equitable future? How to develop a global order that will ensure peace and allow countries to play by the rules? And how to stay true to our core values as we work to build a more focused life for ourselves and our societies?

Ohorongo to get clean energy from new 5MW solar power plant

WINDHOEKOhorongo Cement inaugurated a 5MW PV Solar Plant in September in the Otjozondjupa Region which Minister of Mines and Energy, Tom Alweendo “a significant milestone in private sector participation”, and encouraged other investors and developers to follow the example set by the project.  Alweendo said the solar project is an excellent example of how the private sector is making a significant contribution to energy security, economic growth and development and environmental sustainability.

The solar plant, which will supply the Ohorongo Cement factory with clean and affordable energy, was spearheaded by Ohorongo Cement and developed by SunEQ Four and the Hungileni Investment Group.

“This project represents a classic win-win situation for all involved – the environmental impact from the PV plant is minimal, the plant will employ additional personnel to maintain it, the Ohorongo Cement Company gets clean energy at a competitive rate, the IPP, SunEQ Four and Hungileni Investment group secured an off-taker, and given that the plant is not connected to the grid, the impact of intermittency on the grid is avoided,” said Alweendo.



Speech of the PS of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, at the handing over of the SADC Standing Committee of Senior Officials Chairpersonship by the Current Chair from Republic of SouthAfrica, to the incoming Chairperson, Ambassador Selma Ashipala- Musavyi, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation in the Republic of Namibia.


Delegation of Namibia visited the port of Leixões

Possible partnerships between the Port Authority of Douro, Leixões and Viana do Castelo (APDL) and the Namibian port infrastructure were discussed during a visit by a delegation from Namibia to the port of Leixões. The APDL considered the visit as “of great interest, not only because of the involvement and relations we have with the ports of the African continent, but also because of the development that Namibia has been experiencing at port activity level.”

The meeting was attended by the Namibian Ambassador to Portugal, members of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Development of SMEs in Namibia and about 30 port representatives and logisticians in Namibia, among other individuals.



The AIP Foundation, in partnership with the Embassy of Namibia in France, will organize on 29 June 2018 the seminar Trade, investment and partnerships to strengthen relations between Portugal and Namibia.

The Seminar will be attended by speakers who will present the Namibian Market, its economy and existing business opportunities. It will also allow you to get to know the experience of Portuguese Companies already present in this Country, as well as develop your networking network.

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A Fundação AIP, em parceria com a Embaixada da Namíbia em França, organiza no próximo dia 29 de Junho 2018 o seminário Comércio, investimento e parcerias para potenciar as relações entre Portugal e a Namíbia.

O Seminário contará com a presença de oradores que irão apresentar o Mercado da Namíbia, a sua economia e as oportunidades de negócio existentes. Permitirá igualmente ficar a conhecer a experiência de Empresas Portuguesas já presentes neste País, bem como desenvolver a sua rede de networking.

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More can be done for women in Namibia

WINDHOEK-Namibia has been conferred the African Gender Award 2017 for its outstanding achievements in promoting gender equality and protection of women rights.

President Hage Geingob received the award as a top performing country in Africa by the African Gender Forum, within the context of the Gender Is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC). Ex-Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf handed over the African Excellence Gender Awards for 2017 to President Geingob, during a state banquet in Windhoek.

Geingob said more can be done for women in Namibia.

“But the progress we have made in promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women in our society is something we should be proud of. It is why, on behalf of the Namibian Government and the people of Namibia, I would like to thank GIMAC and the people of Africa for recognizing our modest efforts in promoting gender equality through different policy initiatives and interventions,” he said.

“Our commitment to gender equality is visible when you look at the important role women play in politics, including our executive and legislature”.

During the two-year tenure of the GIMAC Award, President Geingob said he will commit himself to champion the theme: “Women’s Empowerment and Inclusive Governance” which signal the country’s continued intent to increase the participation of women in all spheres of socio-economic life.

Namibia, the go-to luxury destination of this year

It’s a premium green destination that can break the bank, but will leave you richer with memories of geological stunners

Enchanting five-star accommodation. Utterly clear skies. Eerie ghost towns and ocean-meets-desert coastlines. That’s Namibia for you.

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry vacationed here before their engagement and nuptials. The soon-to-be-finished eco-friendly Hoanib Valley Camp, which lies in the northwestern region of Kaokoland, was also rumoured to be Meghan and Prince Harry’s choice of honeymoon accommodation. And the prices there start at ₹60,000 a night.

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