Long-serving permanent secretary in the ministry of International Relations and Cooperation Veiccoh Nghiwete has been appointed by President Hage Geingob as high commissioner to the Republic of South Africa to succeed Marten Kapewasha, who has retired from the diplomatic service.
The new high commissioner was accompanied to State House by his wife Hila, their two sons, three daughters and his brother Andrew Nghiwete.
Prior to Nghiwete’s appointment he served as Ambassador Extraordinary in Washington DC from August 1996 to October 1996. He also served as permanent secretary from 1990 to 2013 before he retired from the public service. He has also served the country on various multilateral platforms and has led delegations to various countries.
President Geingob asked the diplomat to interact with his counterparts in South Africa and to robustly market Namibia as an investor-friendly country. In his response Nghiwete thanked the Head of State for the trust he has bestowed in him, saying it is a great honour to be appointed as Namibia’s high commissioner to South Africa.
“I deem it a singular privilege to represent Your Excellency and the people of Namibia in this capacity. It will be my endeavour to maintain and strengthen Namibia’s long established relations with South Africa, as well as work assiduously to promote and deepen our country’s socio-economic cooperation with that sister country,” he said.
Nghiwete said bilateral diplomacy has now evolved to become more inclusive and multi-dimensional. “Virtually every branch of government has a stake in relations with other bilateral partners, particularly the neighbours, and that is especially visible in our regional diplomacy in SADC, SACU, COMESA and the African Union.” He said non-state actors – be they business chambers, academic, education institutions, cultural entities or NGO’s – are all legitimate stakeholders in the advancement of Namibia’s external interests.
“I hope to work in an inclusive fashion in cognisance of the historic tradition of Namibia’s diplomacy, as established long before our Independence.”
“I seek your good office’s support and that of all offices, ministries and agencies and institutions in this challenging assignment you have bestowed upon me,” he said.