On Tuesday, the 9th of May the EU Delegation to Namibia together with Government, Member States, Partners, the media and friends celebrated peace and unity on Europe Day. This year, the EU also celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome. In her statement, EU Ambassador to Namibia, Jana Hybaskova highlighted the importance of EU-Africa relations and informed the gathering that the 5th EU-Africa Summit is scheduled to take place in Abidjan, Ivory Coast from 28-29 November 2017 and the central theme is "Youth". She said this has become a key priority for Europe and Africa. The EU head further said human resource development remains very important and opportunities to provide better education and justice is provided via the EU's Erasmus Mundus Programme. "The EU remains the biggest Development and Tade Partner and we celebrate achievements today. At the same time, we need to open up our economy more and boost competitiveness" Ms Hybaskova said.
Mr. Peya Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation congratulated the EU on its 60 years anniversary as well as 27 years of excellent cooperation between Namibia and the EU. He added that this cooperation is not only in terms of development assistance, but also when it comes to trade and investment. This is further cemented as the Economic Partnership Agreement is now under implementation. Minister Mushelenga stated the Namibian side looks forward to the Political Dialogue that will take place and proposed a toast on the good health of the President of the EU Council, the Commission and High Representative of the EU.