Lithuania designates first-ever ambassador to Namibia
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – Sigute Jackstonyte is Lithuania’s first-ever non-resident ambassador designated to Namibia.
After presenting her letter of credence to President Hage Geingob at State House on Friday, Jackstonyte told the media that she was very proud and privileged to serve her country as the first Lithuanian ambassador to Namibia.
“For the time being my government decided to cover Namibia from our embassy in Pretoria, South Africa,” she said, adding that it is currently difficult to say whether they will set up an embassy in Namibia.
Jackstonyte stressed that her key focus will be economic cooperation.
“Lithuania is well known for its information technology solutions and we are ready to share our expertise with Namibia in that area.”
Tourism, Jacksonyte said, is also another key area of cooperation for both countries, adding that she would love to see Namibians touring her “beautiful country”.
She also said her government would like to see more Namibian students going to Lithuania to study at their universities.
“People to people contact is very important,” she said.
Also speaking to the media after presenting his letter of credence, Tanzanian non-resident High Commissioner to Namibia, Sylvester Mwakinyuke Ambokile, noted that confirmation of whether his government will set up an embassy in Namibia would only be available after the two heads of state meet and discuss the agenda at a Southern African Development Community (SADC) summit next week.
“I do know that there are talks about it, but the official confirmation will come after the SADC summit,” he said.
Ambokile said his focus area is to help rebuild Tanzania’s industrialisation.
“We are now trying to industrialise Tanzania. We had factory industries before but they collapsed so now we are trying to build them back by promoting high class investments and we need Namibians to come and invest in Tanzania.”
Non-resident diplomats from Argentina, Mauritius, Equatorial Guinea and Pakistan also presented their letters of credence to Geingob.