UK Minister for Africa in Namibia

The United Kingdom Minister for Africa, MP Mark Simmonds arrives in the country today for a four day visit in a bid to develop relationships on several fronts with Namibia.

He leaves on Saturday.

This will be Simmonds’ first trip to visit the country in his role as Minister for Africa.

A statement by the British High Commission states that Simmonds will be expected to update the Namibian government on the UK’s G8 presidency this year.

He will also seek regional views on the UK’s priority G8 themes of trade, tax and transparency.

He will also attend the launch of the G8 Public-Private Sector Dialogue on combating money laundering and the financing of terrorism, promoting trade links, raising the UK’s profile in Namibia.

Already an important business partner for the UK, it is hoped that the minister’s visit will formulate further high-level cooperation between Namibia and the UK that is ambitious in scale and ultimately drives economic growth for both countries.

Simmonds will meet the Prime Minister, Dr. Hage Geingob and the Ministers of Foreign Affairs (Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah), Finance (Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila), Defence (Nahas Angula), Environment and Tourism (Uahekua Herunga), and the Director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (Paulus Noa).

The meetings will focus on how to strengthen trade and investment links between the two countries, regional and international security issues as well as identifying areas for further cooperation.

Simmonds will also meet with the British Business Group in Namibia to discuss business opportunities and to learn more about their experiences in doing business in the country.