Reciprocating German parliamentary visit

The Minister of Economic Planning, Hon Tom Alweendo (middle) with the deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Peya Mushelenga (left) and the German Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Hon Peter Silberhorn.

A delegation of senior ministers and parastatal CEO’s visited Germany last week under the chairmanship and guidance of the Minister of Economic Planning and the Director General of the National Planning Commission, Hon Tom Alweendo.

The reciprocal visit follows in the wake of a recent visit to Namibia by German Parliamentarians for the so-called SADC parliamentary group.
The Namibian delegation visited Germany on the invitation of the German Federal Government and Parliament to explore possible contributions of German investment to Namibia’s economic development.
In Berlin, the delegation met Hon Dagmar Freitag, MP, Chairperson, and other members of the SADC Parliamentary Group of the German Parliament. They also met Hon Dr. Peter Ramsauer and other members of the German Federal Parliament’s Committee on Economic Affairs and Energy. Other notable meetings included Hon Brigitte Zypries and Hon Peter Silberhorn of the Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, Mr Markus Ederer, State Secretary at the Federal Foreign Office and Ambassador Georg Schmidt, Regional Director for Sub-Saharan Africa at the Federal Foreign Office.
In the federal state of Hesse, the delegation met the Speaker of the Assembly of the State, the Honourable Norbert Kartmann, Mr Mark Weinmeister, State Secretary for Europe at the State Chancellery of Hesse. They also met with officials from the Kreditanstallt fuer Wiederafbau. Later they visited a biomass power plant and a business park.
The delegation comprised Hon Tom Alweendo, Hon Peya Mushelenga, Martin Inkumbi of the Development Bank, Immanuel Mwilima of the NNFU, Bisey Uirab of Namport, Tarah Shaanika of the NCCI, Hippy Tjivikuka of TransNamib and Erwin Naimhwaka, an advisor in the Ministry of Economic Planning.