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Namibia: Geingob to address UK’s House of Lords

Namibian President Hage Geingob is on a working visit to the United Kingdom and is expected to address the House of Lords on Tuesday, his office has announced.Presidential spokesperson Albertus Aochamub said on Monday that Geingob’s statement to the British upper house of parliament is part of the BURJ CEO Awards 2017 that will be held in London on Tuesday.

The Namibian leader, who is the only African leader invited to speak at the prestigious platform, is expected to speak on the repercussions of Brexit on developing countries.

Initiated in 2016, the BURJ CEO Awards are a business awards for top business executives from various industries worldwide.

Apart from Geingob, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Sheikha Bodour bin Sultan Al-Qasimi, a member of Dubai’s Royal family, are also expected to address the House of Lords.

While in London, Aochamub said Geingob is scheduled to hold bilateral meetings with Sheik Mohamend bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai. He is also expected to hold talks with Prime Minister May.

Since he became head of state in March 2015, President Geingob has engaged several world leaders and business elites during his many foreign trips, which critics have said comes to naught.

Upon his departure at Hosea Kutako International Airport on Sunday a, Geingob countered that expecting investors to flocks to Namibia immediately is unrealistic.

“Investment is a differed gratification, that you don’t get results immediately. But Namibians apparently once you went there to talk to people to come to invest, they want them (investors) to follow, the following day.

He cited as example of international airlines that are now operating  in Namibia such as Qatar Airways and KLM Dutch Airlines as a result of  consultations that started over a decade ago.

The President is expected home on Wednesday, October 11.


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