Ambassador Margaret Mensah Williams Welcome Message

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AmbMensah-williams.pngI welcome you to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, D.C. The responsibilities of the Embassy are as follows:

  • represent the President, the Government and the people of Namibia
  • maintain, promote and further strengthen the relations that exist between Namibia and the countries of our accreditation: the United States of America, the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras.
  • defend and protect the interest of Namibia and that of its nationals in these countries, within the limits permitted by international law

In view of our policy of economic diplomacy, the Embassy continues to market Namibia as the most excellent destination for tourists and an ideal country for trade and investment. Finding study opportunities for Namibians in the institutions of higher learning and the promotion of student exchange programs in the countries of accreditation remain high on the agenda.

At independence 21 March 1990, Namibia adopted a constitution, the supreme law of the land which entrenches multiparty democracy as well as fundamental rights and freedoms. The constitution guarantees the citizens the right of expression and the freedom of association. Since independence, Namibia has maintained an environment conducive to a free press. Namibia also remains committed to a free market economic system and recognizes the role of the private sector in the development process.

Namibia is truly one of the most politically stable countries in Africa, where peace and tranquillity is real and the footprint of democracy is visible. In this regard, Namibia has maintained the institution of Presidential, National Assembly, regional and local elections every five years.

Indeed, the Government and people of Namibia are committed to democracy and respect the rule of law. While Namibia has a rich ethnic diversity, today its people are united as one, thanks to the Government’s policy of national reconciliation.

On the tourism front, you are invited to go and experience the fantastic diversity of plant and animal life as well as the strikingly different climate and landforms found in Namibia. Whatever your destination, no two days will be the same. Each region of the country has something different to offer, inspired by the elements, the surroundings and natural materials. Visit Namibia and experience all the country’s natural wonders and resources. Namibia’s breath-taking landscapes and clean environment make it an attractive place to visit.

Namibia has an abundance of natural resources, among them, a wide range of mineral deposits including world class diamonds and uranium, copper, lead, zinc, gold, semi-precious stones, industrial minerals, salt and fluorspar. Namibia has rich fishing grounds, with both demersal and pelagic species, which place the country among the top 10 nations in the international fishing sector.

Namibia’s agricultural sector is also imperative to the country’s economy with a thriving red meat industry and the cultivation of crops such as maize, wheat, pearl millet, groundnuts, beans and cotton.

On the market side, Namibia has preferential trade access to the 190 million inhabitants of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as one of the 14 member states.

Namibia also belongs to the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) affording duty and quota free access to the South African market and others. Namibia is a signatory to the Cotonou Agreement, giving the country duty free access to the European Union for a wide range of manufactured and agricultural products. Namibia also has duty and quota free access to the lucrative US market under the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). To those investing in Namibia, we offer among the most attractive fiscal incentives in Africa via the Export Processing Zone (EPZ) regime. The country offers an advantageous legislative and fiscal environment and a government keen to foster the engines of economic growth and prosperity.

Please do not hesitate to call or visit the Embassy for more information on Namibia. We will be pleased to attend to your inquiries.

Margaret Mensah Williams