Namibia intends to abolish the visa requirement for all Africans in the spirit of pan-Africanism, said President Hage Geingob on Monday.
Mr Geingob, who officially opened the conference on the country’s foreign policy review, said that “our African brothers and sisters will always be welcome in Namibia”.
“We are committed to extending this privilege to all African passport holders by initially issuing visas upon arrival and possibly abolishing the visa requirement,” Geingob said.
The conference that brings together Namibian diplomats will analyze the impact of global changes on the country’s national and international policies.
In May 2016, Namibia abolished the visa requirement for Africans holding diplomatic or official passports, while all passport holders from the Southern African region have visa-free entry.
Mr. Geingob added that in view of the fact that many friendly countries and organizations stood alongside Namibia during apartheid and colonialism, the country will continue to express its solidarity with these countries.
In addition, Mr Geingob said that Namibia’s international relations and its cooperation policies should be integrated into the doctrine of pan-Africanism