a. There is an inextricable link between peace and security on the one hand and sustainable development on the other. Hence, Namibia will continue to participate effectively and promote the SADC Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan, which deals with social and economic integration, including the Strategic Indicative Plan of the Organ for Politics, Defence and Security dealing with peace and security.
b. During HPPII, Namibia will work within Regional Security Arrangements to create a collective security framework based on the SADC Protocol on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation. As and when necessary, Namibia will participate in regional and international Defence and Security initiatives, towards peacekeeping operations within the SADC, AU and UN.
c. To firmly position Namibia as a logistical hub, Namibia will firmly support the development and maintenance of transport infrastructure and services, deepen integration, to embed regional connectivity and value chains. The country will continue to accentuate relevant sectors in the SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan.
d. Informed by the SADC Industrialization Strategy and to continue to create youth employment, in line with the theme on “Promoting Infrastructure Development and Youth Empowerment”, from the 38th SADC Summit which Namibia Chaired, will be spearheaded at SADC deliberations and mainstreamed at other multilateral fora. This strategy will be bolstered by strong participation from the private sector as well as through concerted efforts at promoting vocational training in areas relevant to the productive sectors of the economy. The objective will be to empower the youth with skills that would enable them to be both self-employable and marketable to relevant sectoral opportunities in the economy.
a. Economic diplomacy requires aggressive and effective engagement with regional and global partners to harness the potential of trade and investment opportunities to create sustained economic growth and sustainable development at a domestic level. To this end, operational adaptations will be required through the creation of a national economic multi-stakeholder coordinating platform for targeted trade and investment promotion. An inter-ministerial platform to holistically consider issues of national priority and better coordinate our economic diplomacy in order to provide timely information and services to investors and all our stakeholders.
b. A key factor to be considered within the attractiveness of potential industrial opportunities shall be their potential to insert themselves within global value chains where Namibia has and or will have a comparative advantage. Such value chains can ultimately brand Namibia as the hub for certain products. To enhance working as one, Namibia shall create a nexus between the Foreign Service personnel and local business communities.