It is always a great pleasure to engage with you at this platform. Let me therefore welcome you all, particularly those Heads of Mission and International Organizations, who were accredited following our meeting in July. As His Excellency the President indicated to you who are non-resident when you presented your credentials, we expect you to be regular visitors to Namibia. Please do make Namibia an integral part of your diplomatic tour, in order for us to enhance our relations.
It is with great pleasure and humility that I stand here to accept this Order of Isabel la Catholica I would therefore like to thank the Government of the Kingdom of Spain, as well as nieveryone else who has been involved in organising this auspicious event, for honouring me with the Order of Isabel la Católica. I feel honored because this gesture speaks to the longstanding association of the people of Namibia with the people of Spain.
I am happy to join you to today in commemorating the Spanish National Day, which is originally celebrated on 12 October, also known as Fiesta Nacional de España. On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Namibia and on my own behalf, I wish to extend best wishes to the people of Spain as you celebrate your National Day. Namibia and Spain have deep and excellent relations that are multi-faceted.
The 38th Ordinary Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) was held at Safari Court Conference Centre, in Windhoek, the Republic of Namibia, on 17th and 18th August 2018.
I welcome you all to this dinner, jointly organised by the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation of Namibia and the Office of the SADC Malaria Elimination 8 Initiative. As malaria elimination is one of the main targets of SADC, we found it appropriate that while a number of SADC member states are in Windhoek for the 38th Summit of the SADC Heads of State and Government, we would use the opportunity to share information on the Malaria Elimination 8 Initiative. I therefore, thank all of you for having found time to be here tonight.
The SADC Council of Ministers oversees the functioning and development of our Community, SADC, and ensures that policies are properly implemented. The Council consists of Ministers from each of the SADC Member States, usually from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Economic Planning, or Finance, and it meets twice a year in February or March and immediately prior to the Summit in August or September.
It gives me great pleasure, on behalf of Government and people of the Republic of Namibia to welcome you all to Namibia and to the Council of Ministers’ Meeting of the 38th SADC Ordinary Summit. We are indeed very much honoured and delighted to host the 38th SADC Ordinary Summit here in our capital city, Windhoek.
I feel extremely delighted to stand here this morning, to say a few words before I handover the mantle to my successor and dear Sister, Honourable Ms Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa, Deputy Prime Ministser and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of Namibia, and the In-Coming Chairperson of the SADC Council of Ministers.
It is a great pleasure and honor for me as Chair of the Standing Committee of Senior Officials to welcome you all dear colleagues to Namibia and to Windhoek in particular. Please do feel at home and have a wonderful stay here in our capital city Windhoek. It is here where the Southern African Development Community was birthed and here we have returned, to gauge not only it’s growth and progression, but more importantly, how SADC has continued to meaningfully touch the lives of our people.