The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation

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H.E. Dr Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia

The Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation (formerly Ministry of Foreign Affairs), was established at Namibia’s independence in 1990.

The Ministry is entrusted with the primary function of formulating, promoting and executing Namibia’s foreign policy and the conduct of Namibia’s international relations.

Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi at a Ministerial Staff Meeting

Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Corporation (right) flanked by the Permanent Secretary, Ambassador Selma Ashipala-Musavyi at a Ministerial Staff Meeting in December 2014

Article 96 of the Constitution stipulates five general guidelines which underpin the Government’s commitment to actively promote friendly and beneficial relations and cooperation with other nations, and also to foster, in concert with them, the maintenance of the rule of law, peace, security, social justice and economic welfare.

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H.E. Dr Hage Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia, Madame Penehupifo Pohamba, former First Lady, H.E. Hifikepunye Pohamba, former President; Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and spouse, retired Lieutenant-General Epaphras Denga Ndaitwah at a New Year’s greeting ceremony at State House in January 2015 during H.E. Pohamba’s tenure as Head of State

Key guidelines 

  • Adopt and maintain a policy of non-alignment
  • Promote international cooperation, peace and security
  • Create and maintain just and mutually beneficial relations among nations
  • Foster respect for international law and treaty obligations
  • Encourage the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means

Strategic Plan 2013-2017

The Strategic Plan was launched in November 2014 and projects the activities to be carried out by the Ministry within the next five years.

Five-year Strategic Plan

Hon. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of International Relations and Cooperation at the launch of the Five-year Strategic Plan

More Information: www.mfa.gov.na / www.namibiahc.org.uk