Addis Ababa – During the 28th Ordinary Summit of the African Union, held in January 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, the NEPAD Agency CEO, held a bilateral meeting with the President of Namibia, H.E Dr Hage Geingob.
The meeting focussed on the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI) and the important role that the Republic of Namibia will play as an international logistics hub for the SADC region. The role of the Champions in the PICI is to bring visibility, unblock bottlenecks, co-ordinate resource mobilisation and ensure project implementation. It presents the opportunity for African Heads of State and Government to be actively involved in the development and implementation of projects.
President Geingob emphasised the imperative of job creation in Namibia, which makes the promotion of PICI ever more important. He invited the NEPAD Agency to visit Namibia in order to consolidate projects and fast track infrastructure development.
Accepting the invitation, Dr Mayaki illuminated the fact that Namibia has always been a strong supporter of NEPAD. The CEO further stated that it is the duty of the NEPAD Agency to facilitate the connection of countries through industrialisation and to assist countries in the prioritisation of transport and trade corridors.
The meeting between Dr Mayaki and President Geingob follows a PICI Technical Task Team workshop that the NEPAD Agency hosted in January 2017. The workshop, which took place in South Africa, formally endorsed and adopted the proposed projects to be championed by the President of Namibia.