Day of German Unity celebrated in the capital

WINDHOEK: The Day of German Unity, which commemorates the anniversary of German reunification in 1990, was celebrated here on Wednesday.

The German national day is celebrated on 03 October as a public holiday every year and commemorates the anniversary of that country’s reunification, when the goal of a unified Germany which originated in the middle of the 19th century, was fulfilled.

Speaking at an event held here to observe the day, Charge’d Affaires of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, Andre Scholz said the German government is committed to continue its good relations with Namibia in the fields of culture, science, education, languages and sports.

Scholz said all programmes agreed upon between the two governments aim at further developing the economy of Namibia by reducing disparities in income and living conditions, and creating jobs.

He added that it is a political imperative that development co-operation was and remains the key areas of relations between Namibia and Germany.

“It is because of the nature of our relationship that the German development assistance to Namibia finds itself at an unprecedented high level. Regarding per capita spending, it ranks highest within German development co-operation worldwide,” Scholz noted.

Through this commitment, he said, the German government is able to support the Namibian Government to achieve some of the main goals set forth in the fourth National Development Plan (NDP 4) and Vision 2030, which are more income equality, employment creation and sustainable growth.

“The NDP4 will guide us and together with Namibia and our European Union (EU) partners, we will share the work. Our main areas of cooperation include natural resource management, transport and economic development,” he stressed.

Education and skills are the other areas of interest between the two countries, involving tertiary and vocational training institutions such as the Polytechnic of Namibia, the University of Namibia (Unam) and the Namibian Training Authority (NTA) in the field of engineering and agricultural training.

Scholz also highlighted some of the programme assistance by the German government to Namibia, such as the promotion of renewable energy from a special facility for climate and environmental protection through the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW) banking group.

The event was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Peya Mushelenga, Windhoek Mayor Elaine Trepper, Group Chief Executive Officer of First National Bank of Namibia (FNB) Holdings, Vekuii Rukoro and other Government officials.

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