Bahamas welcomes High Commissioner of Namibia
The Bahamas welcomed His Excellency Martin Andjaba, High Commissioner of the Republic of Namibia, as both countries forge relations in education, training and tourism.
His Excellency Sir Arthur Foulkes, Governor General accepted the Letters of Commission, during a ceremony at Government House on Thursday.
The Commonwealth of The Bahamas and the Republic of Namibia established diplomatic relations on May 15, 2008, with the presentation of the Letters of Commission by the previous Namibian High Commissioner to The Bahamas, His Excellency Patrick Nandago.
“The Bahamas and Namibia indeed enjoy excellent bilateral relations, even though they are pursued in the multilateral fora that form the global stage, particularly in the United Nations, the Non-Aligned Movement and the Commonwealth,”Sir Arthur said.
“The independence struggles of The Bahamas, though less painful from those of your country, Excellency, were imbued with the ideals of democracy, the rule of law, and the promotion and respect for human rights,”he said.
High Commissioner Andjaba also acknowledged that The Bahamas and Namibia enjoy excellent bilateral relations, from the time of the liberation struggle in his country.
“We will remain eternally grateful for the important role that your country played in support of the people of Namibia. The Government of Namibia is committed to strengthening the political, historical and cultural relations with your great country,”he said.
The high commissioner also paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham; Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of National Security Tommy Turnquest, and other officials.
Martin Andjaba has also been the Ambassador of the Republic of Namibia to the United States since September 2010. He served as Permanent Representative of Namibia to the UN in New York from September 1996 to August 2006. He was a member of the Security Council Mission to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda and Uganda from May 4-8, 2000 which was aimed at assisting the parties to resolve the conflict in the DRC peacefully.
The Republic of Namibia is a vast, sparsely populated country situated along the south Atlantic coast of Africa. It is the 31st largest country in the world, with a population of about two million people. Its main exports are diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium; cattle and processed fish.