Remarks by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Long at the Peace Corps Reinstatement Swearing In

Good morning! It is a great pleasure to have you join us here today for this special ceremony that commemorates the return to service of a dedicated Volunteer and marks the first of many to come as Peace Corps prepares to bring more groups of new Volunteers over the coming months and years. To our …

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Peace Corps Volunteer Swearing-in Ceremony First post-Covid-19 Volunteer Returns

Windhoek – On Wednesday, May 18 U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Long swore in the first of the returning Peace Corps Volunteers, who had departed due to COVID. Today’s swearing in marks the beginning of the process to build back the Peace Corps program in Namibia to the previous levels of volunteers. Crissy Hendrickson is the …

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Statement by Charge d’Affaires Jess Long for World Press Freedom Day

Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we celebrate the determination of Namibian journalists and media professionals who continue to be the beacons of press freedom on the African continent. In 2021 Namibia again had Africa’s freest press and ranked 24th out of 180 countries globally on the World Press Freedom Index. That is an accomplishment …

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“World Health Day Share Fair” Gives Voice to Key Populations

Windhoek –The U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Long and the Minister of Health and Social Services, Honorable Dr. Kalumbi Shangula, on Friday, April 08 opened Namibia’s first “World Health Day Share Fair” at Katutura’s UN Plaza. The Share Fair is a networking event organized by a U.S. government-funded Key Populations (KP) project called KP-STAR in …

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Remarks by Jessica Long, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Opening of the Share Fair

Thank you for inviting me to the opening of the first Share Fair with the theme “Our planet, our health” in association with yesterday’s World Health Day. On behalf of the U.S. government, I wish to begin by recognizing the Namibian government’s response to challenges posed by COVID-19. I also wish to highlight the heroic …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jess Long on Namibia’s 32nd Independence Day

On behalf of the American people, I want to extend my congratulations to His Excellency President Hage Geingob and to all Namibians on your country’s celebration of its 32nd year of independence.  The United States values the enduring partnership and friendship between our people, rooted in our mutual commitment to deepening democracy, promoting shared prosperity, and advancing human …

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Namibia Receives 200 Medical Emergency Beds to Support COVID-19 Response

Windhoek –  The Ministry of Health and Social Services received today 200 new medical emergency beds following a months-long cooperation on the initiative by the U.S. Embassy in Namibia and the Namibian Embassy in the U.S. The Ministry will distribute the beds to four health facilities in support of Namibia’s COVID-19 response:  Katutura Hospital, Okahandja Hospital, Onandjokwe Hospital, …

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U.S. Business Delegation Concludes Visit to Namibia

Windhoek – A U.S. business delegation wrapped up today a visit to Namibia during which they met with Namibian Vice President His Excellency Nangolo Mbumba, other government leaders, and Namibian businesses.  The two-days of senior-level meetings introduced the U.S. firms to decision makers, potential partners, and future opportunities in the construction, energy, and health industries. The …

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Largest-Ever U.S. Business Delegation to Namibia Arrives

Windhoek – On Monday morning, February 28, representatives from several major U.S. companies will begin a visit to explore investment and commercial opportunities in Namibia.  Ms. Akunna Cook, a visiting senior State Department Official responsible for the United States’ economic diplomacy for all of Africa, will lead the delegation that includes officials from the U.S. Department of …

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Who Will You Trust About Vaccines? By Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Long

Windhoek – The United States Government (USG) has been a partner in health with the Namibian Government for nearly two decades.  We have been incredibly successful in our joint efforts related to HIV and TB.  These efforts have revealed our commitment and reliability on issues of health.  Fifteen years ago, people in Namibia were dying every day from HIV/AIDS. Families …

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CAGs bring hope to those living with HIV

The air was dry, the cloudless sky blue, and the road dusty in the quiet sleepy town of Outjo. With the sun shining mercilessly, hot air blew through the community hall’s windows and wide-open doors on the side and back of the hall.  In this hall situated in Damara location was a sea of yellow …

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Statement by U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jess Long for December 10 Human Rights Day

Windhoek – December 10 is Human Rights Day.  On this day in 1948 the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a powerful document that strengthens and affirms core values that the United States and Namibia share.  Human rights – and working for and protecting them – is a foundation of the very …

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Remarks by Charge d’Affaires Jess Long at the New Embassy Compound “Topping Out” Ceremony

The new United States Embassy behind us has reached a very important milestone. Our team has successfully reached the highest point in the construction of our new home. I am very happy to be at this “Topping Out” ceremony to recognize this important achievement and what it signifies. To start with, I find it simply …

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New U.S. Embassy Compound “Topping Out” Ceremony

Windhoek – Today, the U.S. Embassy held a “Topping Out” ceremony at the new U.S. Embassy site to celebrate the construction of the new building reaching its highest point. The ceremony, hosted by the Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires, Jess Long, and attended by the Deputy Minister of Internati onal Relations and Cooperation, Hon. Jenelly Matundu, acknowledged and congratulated …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Jess Long on World AIDS Day

It is an honour to be with you today to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day. The focus of our partnership with the Namibian government remains on ‘Ending the HIV epidemic, working on Equitable access and Hearing everyone’s voice’ which is also the United States government’s theme for this year’s World AIDS Day. As President …

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Statement by Chargé d’Affaires Jess Long on International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on November 25

In recognition of November 25 as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I want to send a clear message and support all the other voices who are saying the same thing:  violence against women and girls must end now. Globally, more than one in three women experience such violence during their …

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United States Donates 124,000 Doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to Namibia

Windhoek – At an event hosted at the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation today, the U.S. Embassy announced the donation by the United States government of 124,000 doses of the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  The vaccines arrived on October 22 following the …

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Remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Long at the Handover of the Second Consignment of U.S. Government donated Pfizer BioNTech vaccines

Good morning. I am so pleased to be here for a second time, exactly one month later, to celebrate the arrival of the second consignment of U.S. Government donated Pfizer Bio-NTech vaccines. Today we are handing over 124,000 doses of the Pfizer Bio-NTech COVID-19 vaccine. This is in addition to the first consignment of 100,620 …

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Namibia Receives US$90.4 million for HIV Programming from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)

Windhoek – Today, U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Jess Long announced that the United States will contribute US$90.4 million in 2022 towards Namibia’s fight against AIDS through the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). This is an increase from US$89 million contributed in 2021. The US$90.4 million will intensify the country’s efforts to reach epidemic control …

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Long Giving Remarks at the IPPR Book Launch “Keep Your Eyes on the Money”

Good morning, and thank you IPPR, for inviting me to speak at the launch of your book on fiscal transparency in Namibia – Keep Your Eyes on the Money. Congratulations to the IPPR team for completing this important project highlighting the role the public can play in improving budget transparency and accountability. Also, thanks to …

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U.S. Deputy Special Presidential Envoy for Climate Visits Namibia to Advance Mutual Goals in Climate Change and Clean Energy

Windhoek – A delegation focused on climate change and clean energy met today with Namibian government officials and civil society to encourage U.S.-Namibia partnership on clean energy development and combating the climate crisis. The delegation is led by Deputy Special Envoy for Climate (Deputy SEC) Jonathan Pershing, who reports to John Kerry, the first-ever Special …

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United States Donates 100,620 Doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine to Namibia

Windhoek – The U.S. Embassy in Windhoek, Namibia announces the donation by the U.S. Government of 100,620 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine as part of our global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.  The donated vaccines are part of the U.S. pledge to initially provide at least 25 million of 80 million doses globally to Africa.  The U.S. government coordinated closely with the African Union, Africa Centers …

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U.S. Applauds Launch of New Container Security Program at Walvis Bay Port

Windhoek – Today, the Namibian Revenue Authority officially launched the Container Control Programme at Walvis Bay Port.  The program will improve the port’s ability to interdict illegally smuggled goods, including wildlife and forest products. The United States government is funding the US$720,000 program, which the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will implement with the Walvis …

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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires, Jessica Long – USS Hershel “Woody” Williams visits Walvis Bay

I would like to begin by thanking our distinguished guests for attending today. I would particularly like to thank the Namibian Minister of Defence and Veterans Affairs, the Honorable Frans Kapofi for being in attendance. I would also like to thank Captain Chad Graham and his crew for hosting us onboard the USS Hershel “Woody” …

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USS Hershel “Woody” Williams Makes Inaugural Visit to Port of Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay – The USS Hershel “Woody” Williams arrived in the port of Walvis Bay on September 16th for a three-day visit to conduct joint exchanges with the Namibian Defence Force and to welcome Namibia’s military leadership to an onboard reception. The USS Hershel “Woody” Williams is a Lewis B. Puller-class expeditionary sea base (ESB). The vessel docked at Walvis Bay as a part of a deployment, which has taken …

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No-Means-No Instructors Train Young Women to Protect Themselves Against GBV

Windhoek – The U.S. government-funded DREAMS Program has recently certified 23 young Namibian women as No-Means-No instructors to train adolescent girls in techniques to protect themselves against gender-based violence (GBV). The training strengthens self-esteem in young women and includes exercises in self-defense. “The No-Means-No instructors will play a pivotal role in addressing violence against children and gender-based …

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U.S. Congressional Delegation Visits Namibia, Meets President to Advance U.S.-Namibia Cooperation

Windhoek – A delegation of six Congressmembers from the U.S. House of Representatives met today with President Geingob to encourage U.S.-Namibia partnership on global health, security, bilateral trade, climate change, racial justice, and other priorities that the two democracies share. The delegation is led by Congressmember Karen Bass of California, who is the Chair of the House …

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United States Donates Electronic High-Tech Equipment to Support Namibia’s COVID-19 Vaccination Program

Windhoek – At a virtual ceremony today, the United States donated 176 tablet and 53 laptop computers, as well as 250 remote temperature monitoring devices and 2,000 terabytes in hard-drive capacity to the Ministry of Health and Social Services (MOHSS) to support the country’s COVID-19 vaccine roll-out. The electronic equipment will be used for data entry …

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Testing Times: Sorting Samples in the COVID-19 Laboratory in Namibia

While many people know what it is like to be tested for COVID-19, only a few people know what happens to the samples once the swab has been taken. Due to the recent surge in cases in Namibia, staff from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Namibia have been volunteering to assist …

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Namibia Retains Tier 1 Ranking on U.S. Trafficking in Persons Report

Windhoek – The Government of Namibia retained its status as a Tier 1 country in the 2021 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report for the second year in a row for prohibiting severe forms of trafficking in persons and punishing acts of trafficking.  Namibia is again the only country in Africa to achieve a Tier 1 ranking, …

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U.S. Project Helps Namibian Children in Need

It is not a hot day, but the sun is striking a bright reflection from the white sandy soils of the village at the outskirts of Oshakati, a town in northern Namibia. Standing by her mother, almost leaning over her lap, is her little daughter. The girl’s feet are pale white from the dust she …

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Statement by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Jessica Long in Recognition of Namibia’s 31st Independence Anniversary

Windhoek – On behalf of the Embassy and the people of the United States, I would like to congratulate all Namibians as you celebrate the 31st anniversary of Namibia’s independence.  The United States values its strong partnership with Namibia over the past 31 years.  Together we have confronted challenge after challenge, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the …

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30 New U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers to Partner on Education Throughout Namibia as Group 50

Okahandja – 30 new U.S. Peace Corps volunteers joined local communities throughout Namibia last week to begin two-year assignments to strengthen education across the country.  The 30 volunteers will work shoulder-to-shoulder with local communities and schools in all 14 regions for the next 24 months. The Peace Corps is a volunteer program of the United …

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Namibia’s National Single Window for Trade

U.S. Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., John M. Kowalski remarks at the Namibia Inter-ministerial Workshop on establishing an operating authority for Namibia’s National Single Window for Trade  It is my pleasure to be here with you today at this workshop as it is the next crucial step toward the realization of Namibia’s National Single Window to facilitate …

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