Spanish National Day

The deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Maureen Hinda (right) toasting the Spanish National Day with the new designated Spanish Ambassador, Mrs Concepción Figuerola. (Photograph courtesy of NAMPA)

The Spanish Embassy in Windhoek used their National Day celebrations earlier this week to introduce the new designated Ambassador, Mrs Concepción Figuerola, to the Diplomatic Corps and to the Namibian public.

Making her first public appearance, the Ambassador designate said Spaniards celebrate vision, courage and togetherness on their National Day.
Representing the Namibian government, the deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Hon Maureen Hinda congratulated the Spanish people on their National Day, expressing her satisfaction with the solid bilateral relations between Spain and Namibia and for the excellent co-operation between the two.
Mrs Figuerola thanked the deputy minister for the support given to Spain to become a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2015 and 2016 saying that the confidence given to Spain by the international community is based on the shared vision of peace and security, on effective multi-lateral relations and on the principles and values of the United Nations.
This week the President of the Spanish Government chaired the open debate of the high level review of the UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security in New York. Spain and Namibia have been working very closely on this important issue.
Ambassador-designate Figuerola said Spain is a committed and reliable member of the European Union. It had the courage to make the necessary reforms and is now expecting to see a GDP growth of 3.1% for 2015. “Spain is a bridge between Europe, America and Africa. With Africa we share geography and history. We share opportunities and challenges” she said.
The Ambassador-designate highlighted the valuable work done by those Spanish companies that have invested in Namibia, creating employment, sharing know-how and bringing welfare to both Namibia and Spain.