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Friday, 22 September 2017

“Africa’s Best Kept Secret is Namibia" – President of Namibia says after Trump mispronounced the country at #UNGA


During a speech in a meeting with African leaders at the United Nations General Assembly, US President, Donald Trump, mispronounced Namibia, twice.

Trump called Namibia, 'Nambia' while praising the country's health care system.

He said: "In Guinea and Nigeria, you fought a horrifying Ebola outbreak," Trump told African leaders gathered Wednesday. "Nambia's health system is increasingly self-sufficient."

Trump mentioned Nambia twice during the session attended by leaders of several nations, including Ghana, Namibia and Uganda.

The gaffe lit up social media, with many speculating whether he meant Namibia, Zambia or Gambia.

The White House later clarified that Trump was talking about the southwestern African nation of Namibia.

Namibia dodged the Ebola outbreak that killed thousands in Africa two years ago and affected several nations, including the United States.

Following that speech, the president of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob has responded with a gracious welcome to foreigners to come visit his beautiful country.

Read his address below:



Many African nations aspire to attract foreign investment and hope to create environments to facilitate the flow of people and capital. Namibia has the great advantage of being one of the most attractive destinations for investors and offering stability, social justice, a government focused on good governance and transparency, gender equality, respect for the environment, improved quality of life, and one of the most beautiful landscapes and unspoiled coastlines in the world.
If you haven’t already heard much about Namibia it is mostly likely because our nation is peaceful and our national culture is characterized by our quiet determination and our modest nature. We don’t make a lot of noise, but as President of Namibia I do want to personally invite interested business leaders and investors to come see for yourselves. Our desire to diversify our economy and achieve greater inclusive growth is captured in our Harambee Prosperity Plan that I would like to share with you.
In the context of competition in an emerging Africa, the case for Namibia is compelling. I am in New York this week to address the United Nations General Assembly. I spoke of the challenges of middle-income countries. I referred to Namibia’s economic development blueprint and our vision for youth employment, our strong support for the Paris Agreement on climate change, and our steadfast belief in the United Nations’ role in fostering prevention and mediation for sustaining peace in the world.
But, above all, all Namibians wish the world to know that we are proud of our nation – as large as France but with only 2.4 million inhabitants – and we are open for welcoming a family of investors and visitors who embrace our values and wish to become part of our growing success story.
Dr. Hage G. Geingob, President of the Republic of Namibia




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