Ceremony of the 14th of July 2016
About 200 people responded to the invitation of the Ambassador of France in Namibia, H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, to celebrate the Bastille Day at the French Residence. Hon. Peya Mushelenga, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, was the guest of honor of the event.
Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Honorable Peya Mushelenga and H.E Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, Ambassador of France.
Alongside the French community, the representatives of the diplomatic corps and many Namibian dignitaries, members of the government, of the parliament and of the local authorities, but also artists, journalists and representatives of the civil society were attending.
The Ambassador first underlined the relevance of this moment of national unity as an occasion to promote the values of freedom, equality and fraternity against fanaticism and intolerance. In this regard, she welcomed the political stability of Namibia as well as the democratic running of its institutions and the freedom enjoyed by its press.
Furthermore, she highlighted the excellence of our bilateral relation, illustrated, in particular, by the cooperation and the commitment of our two countries in the frame of the French presidency of the Cop21, and by the signing of the historic Paris Agreement against climate change. She emphasized the positioning of Namibia as a pioneer of the energy transition in the African continent through the development of solar and wind energies.
The Ambassador of France, H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni, with the Counselor for Cooperation and Director of the FNCC, Mr. Patrick Portes, the Head of administrative section, Mr. Alexandre Raugel, the managing director of Areva, Mr Hilifa Mbako and his spouse.
Reminding all the strong commitment of France in many fields of cooperation with Namibia since its Independence, H.E. Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni hoped that the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre, an exceptional instrument for the bilateral cooperation whose 25th anniversary we are celebrating, keeps playing a key role in the friendship and exchanges between the two countries.
Finally, the Ambassador called for the development of an economic relationship contributing to the prosperity of our two countries, in the spirit of the Harambee Prosperity Plan. She highlighted that many French companies already contributed, through their investments in Namibia, to develop national skills and know-how, to create jobs and to foster the emergence of new economic sectors producing more added value.
The team of the Embassy and Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre
This reception benefited from support from French and Namibian companies : Airbus Helicopter, Aqua Services/Veolia, Areva, Bolloré, Colas, InnoSun, Maurel & Prom, Pernod Ricard, Peugeot, Saint Gobain, Suez Environnement, Total Namibia et Tristone Africa.