Republic of Namibia

I am pleased to accept the Letters of Commission accrediting you as High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I congratulate you on your appointment and I welcome you to Guyana.

I ask that you convey my best wishes to His Excellency Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, for his personal well-being and for the prosperity of the Namibian people.

Guyana and Namibia have maintained cordial bilateral ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 13th November 1994.

Our countries adhere to the principles of mutual respect for each other’s territorial integrity and sovereignty, mutual non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, cooperation for mutual benefit, and the maintenance of regional peace and security.

Our relations are evident in our collaboration within the Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth and in our support for Namibia’s Independence during the struggle for the liberation of Southern Africa. The historic visit to Guyana of former President Sam Nujoma in 1995, further solidified the bonds between Guyana and Namibia.

Southern Africa is experiencing one of the worst droughts in decades, with more than 40 million people expected to face food insecurity owing to losses as a result of diminished rainfall and long-term increases in temperatures. The region’s reliance on agriculture makes it highly susceptible to impacts of droughts.

Namibia has been affected by the droughts of Southern Africa which have threatened the livelihood of over half a million of its people. The harmful effects of climate change continue to affect the human population negatively. Vulnerable countries such as ours should collaborate to develop climate adaptation measures to ensure sustained development.

Guyana is moving towards the establishment of a “green state” which will see emphasis being placed on the protection of the environment, the preservation of its biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energy and the adoption of practical measures to ensure climate adaptation. Climate change presents a threat to our countries’ economies and environment.

Guyana and Namibia, as developing states, can explore avenues for the strengthening of cooperation in areas of education, the economy and the environment.

I anticipate the strengthening of relations and the promotion of opportunities to exchange experiences in creating sustainable economies during your tour of duty.

I assure you of the full support of my Government in the discharge of your duties as High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia to the Cooperative Republic of Guyana. I wish you every success as you fulfil your mandate.

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