Last week, a delegation of the SADC Parliamentary Group of the German Parliament, led by Hon. Dagmar Freitag, a German parliamentarian, visited Namibia, reciprocating a visit by the Namibian German Friendship Group of the Namibian Parliament to Germany in 2013.
Other members of the delegation were Hon. Frank Heinrich, Hon. Veronika Bellmann, Hon. Ingrid Pahlman, Hon. Steffen-Claudio Lemme, and Hon. Tabea Rößner.
The delegation met the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Peter Katjavivi, the Minister of Labour, Industrial Relations and Employment, Hon. Erkki Nghimtina, the Minister of Land Reform, Hon. Utoni Nujoma, the Minister in the Presidency in charge of Economic Planning and the Planning Commission, Hon. Tom Alweendo, the Minister of Higher Education, Training and Innovation, Hon. Dr. Itah Kandjii-Murangi, the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, Hon. Bishop Zephania Kameeta, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Peya Mushelenga and the Leader of the Official Opposition, Hon. McHenry Venaani.
“The talks focused on the future of German-Namibian relations, specifically in the areas of development cooperation and education, especially technical and vocational training and education.
The delegation also tried to familiarize itself with the economic and social situation in Namibia” said the Deputy Head of Mission at the German Embassy, Mr Ullrich Kinne in a statement after the visit.
Another highlight of the visit was the donation of sport equipment last Friday, witnessed by the Deputy Minister of Sport, Youth and National Service, Hon. Agnes Tjongarero.
On 3 June, the delegation visited the Goethe Centre and met representatives of German political foundations and cultural organisations.
On 6 June, the delegation visited the school at Omitara, one of the projects financed through the Namibian German Special Initiative, where they were the guests of Hon. Kilus Nguvauva, Deputy Minister of Works and Transport and head of the Mbanderu Traditional Authority.