European Union and Namibia hold Political Dialogue (07/03/2012)

The European Union (EU) and the Republic of Namibia held its annual Political Dialogue meeting on Wednesday, 07 March 2012, on the basis of the Cotonou Agreement, which creates a partnership between the EU and Namibia concerning political, economic and trade relations.

This year, the political dialogue focused on the ongoing Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations, human rights, EU-SADC relations, and other regional issues of common interest.

The Cotonou Agreement, signed in 2000, considers political dialogue a key element which must enable both parties to address all issues of concern, and prescribes general principles on how this can be achieved. Article 8 notes that the objective of a political dialogue is to "exchange information, to foster mutual understanding, and to facilitate the establishment of agreed priorities and shared agendas".

The annual EU-Namibia Political Dialogue was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


Natasha Tibinyane, EU Delegation to Namibia Press and Information Officer