More than just fish mongers
Spain’s local interests are on a drive to up the country’s profile. The Spanish Embassy in Windhoek has visibly improved its involvement with development projects and earlier this weak, the Ambassador, Her Excellency, Mrs. Carmen Díez Orejas opened the doors of her residence to celebrate Spain’s National Day in the company of Namibian dignitaries. Several political personalities such as the Minister of Justice, Hon. Utoni Nujoma, the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Hon. Mr. Elia Kayamo, the Secretary-General of Swapo Party, Mr. Nangolo Mbumba, as well as other distinguished guests attended the event. The Ambassador stressed that on this occasion there were good reasons to celebrate due to the positive perspectives for Spain, for Namibia, and for the relations between both countries. Referring to domestic conditions in Spain Mrs. Díez Orejas said the Spanish Government has undertaken important reforms over the last months and positively announced “2014 as the year of the economic recovery”, noting that Spain is already the second biggest tourism destination in the world (with 57 million tourists in 2012) and the 9th largest recipient of foreign investment worldwide. She highlighted the major events that have taken place between both countries during this year, such as the recent visit to Spain of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah and the Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources, Hon. Bernhard Esau. According to the Ambassador, these visits show the renewed interest from Spain and Namibia to reinforce their political dialogue, promote their economic relations and support development cooperation. As part of the celebrations of the Spanish National Day, the Embassy of Spain in Namibia is presented a flamenco show at the Warehouse Theatre this Wednesday. The Spanish movie “Celda 211” will be shown at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre on Monday, 21 October.