Sixteen Namibian Youth Participants Selected for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship Program

U.S. Embassy Namibia is proud to announce that 16 participants across eight regions in Namibia have been selected to participate in the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF) for Young African Leaders. Launched in 2014, the Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies the U.S. commitment to ... Read More»

U.S. Ambassador Randy Berry Visits the Erongo Region

Windhoek – U.S. Ambassador to Namibia Randy Berry traveled to the Erongo Region on April 3-5 to engage with local leaders, U.S. partners, and various communities. During his three-day visit, Ambassador Berry met with George Botshiwe, CEO of Navachab Gold Mine, to view how mining operations support Namibia’s economy. Botshiwe took Ambassador Berry for a ... Read More»

FLOTUS’ Premier Visit to Namibia

Namibians warmly welcomed First Lady of the United States (FLOTUS) Dr. Jill Biden on her first official two-day trip in Namibia from February 22- 24, 2023. During her visit, the First Lady emphasized the importance of the partnership between the United States and Namibia, and our shared priorities in the region, including a focus on ... Read More»


The First Lady of the United States of America, Dr. Jill Biden, accompanied by the First Lady of the Republic of Namibia, Monica Geingos, are welcomed with a song by men and women in their navy t-shirts and pink striped traditional attire in a room at the Hope Initiatives Southern Africa- Namibia (HISA) project on ... Read More»

Remarks by First Lady Jill Biden at a Luncheon with the President and First Lady of Namibia

Mr. President, Madame First Lady; Vice President and Mrs. Mbumba; Madame Pohamba; Distinguished leaders of Namibia’s government, businesses, and civil society: It’s my great honor to join you this afternoon. I’ve been overwhelmed by the warmth, kindness, and care that has welcomed me. It’s been such a special experience for me. So, on behalf of ... Read More»

Namibian Marula Oil makes it to America

Taneta Investment is a women-owned, Namibian small business established in 2015 that has created a niche as a pioneer in the production and transformation of local Marula oil into luxurious cosmetic oil. Taneta partners with local rural women to obtain kernels of the Marula fruit and combines traditional knowledge with modern technology to cold-press the ... Read More»

2022 Mandela Washington Fellows Depart for the United States

Today, a group of sixteen young Namibian leaders departed for the United States to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship program. The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), launched in 2014, is the flagship program of former-U.S. President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) that empowers young leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking. Since ... Read More»

New Outreach Materials Encourage Women at Risk to Take PrEP

Windhoek – Yesterday, the U.S. Government-funded DREAMS program and the Ministry of Health and Social Services launched new public awareness materials encouraging young women at risk of contracting HIV to take Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis medication (PrEP) to stay HIV-free. PrEP reduces the risk of getting HIV from sex by 90%. HIV prevalence among Namibian adolescent girls and ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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” ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... Read More»

Statement and Audio Recording by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson on Human Trafficking Awareness Day, January 11

Windhoek – Today, January 11, is Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  I want to voice my support for the work that Namibia and the United States together have undertaken in fighting this terrible cruelty.  Human trafficking is an international crime of the absolute worst kind, as it is a violation of a person’s most basic human rights.  ... Read More»

Ambassador Johnson Participates in MIRCO-led COVID-19 Briefing

On Tuesday March 16 U.S. Ambassador to Namibia, Lisa Johnson stated that Peace Corps Volunteers in Namibia and worldwide would return to the United States due to the COVID-19 outbreak.  She made the announcement during the MIRCO-led briefing on COVID-19, adding that volunteers will return when conditions permit. “This is worldwide decision was made because ... Read More»

U.S. Donates Additional US$1 Million in Food Assistance

Windhoek – The U.S. Government is increasing its food assistance to Namibia through a US$1 million (N$15 million) contribution to the United Nations World Food Programme. This is in addition to the US$7.6 million in drought relief announced by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson alongside His Excellency President Geingob in September, and the US$100,000 in water ... Read More»

Press Briefing on Prosper Africa by U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson

U.S. Ambassador Lisa Johnson discussed Prosper Africa, the U.S. Government’s new initiative to substantially increase two-way trade and investment between the United States and Africa, with journalists on Friday July 12, 2019. This whole-of-government approach unlocks opportunities to do business in Africa, benefiting companies, investors, and workers both in Africa and the United States. Ambassador ... Read More»
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