Presidential visit to France: President Geingob address to French companies

One of the priorities of the official visit to France of H.E Dr. Hage Geingob was to strengthen the economic relations between France and Namibia. On Tuesday 29, the President was invited by the French employer federation (MEDEF) to address more than 50 representatives of French companies.

Jean Jacques Lestrade, President of the France-Southern Africa Business Council of the MEDEF, welcomed the exceptional participation to this event, underlining the growing interest of French companies for Namibia.

The President stressed on the quality of the commercial and economic ties between France and Namibia and praised the efforts and good results in terms of job creation and transfer of know-how of the French companies already doing business in Namibia.

Usuta Imbili, CEO of InnoSun - the Franco-Namibian company, which implemented the first solar plant in Namibia and is developing many other wind and solar energy projects - was invited to share its success story and to testify on the Namibian business climate.

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The President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob during the meeting at the MEDEF, in company of his spouse, Monica Geingos, the President of the France-Southern Africa Business Council of the MEDEF, Mr. Jean Jacques Lestrade and the French Ambassador, Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni

The President encouraged the French companies represented during this meeting, as Alstom, Airbus, PSA or Saint-Gobain, among others, to take advantage of their advanced technology and greater industrial know-how to join the Harambee spirit and to invest in Namibia in priority areas such as transport infrastructure, affordable housing, agriculture and manufacturing.

Underlining the commitment of his government to reinforce Namibia’s attractivity to foreign investments, the President ensured the French business community that Namibia’s institutions are strong, that the judiciary system is independent and that the rule of law prevails. He

This event was also the occasion of many Business to Business encounters between more than 100 of French and Namibian companies, as around 50 representatives of the Namibian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) were part in the official visit.

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French delegates attending the MEDEF event

In conclusion he "welcome[d] French technology, know-how and innovation to be partners in Namibia’s growth at home story".

Here is the video of the visit by the Namibian delegation of InnoVent, the parent company of InnoSun which has the project to build a 150MW windfarm in the south of Lüderitz, windfarm:

In the margins of the visit to France of President Geingob, Hon. Calle Schlettwein met his French counterpart Michel Sapin. He also spoke to the Paris Forum on investment and sovereign debt.

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Presidential Advisor on Economics Dr. John Steytler and Finance Minister Calle Schlettwein during a courtesy call on French Finance Minister Michel Sapin.

published on 05/12/2016

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