Geingob sees Brexit as way in for Africa’s Commonwealth members

Geingob sees Brexit as way in for Africa’s Commonwealth members

President Hage Geingob says Britain remains an important trading partner for Africa, as most countries are Commonwealth members and share common laws on trade and governance practices.
Addressing law makers and business people at the UK’s House of Lords in London, the Namibian leader said Africa is ready to welcome Britain as it exits the European Union and looking to forge stronger ties with individual countries.
He said Namibia is well endowed with natural resources but that trade must be done between equal partners.
This is because the citizens’ expectations on their governments have increased and "we have diamonds and other minerals but people do not eat those things, they want food and shelter".
He emphasised value addition to raw material as key focus for mineral rich African countries.
Geingob noted that Namibia has positioned itself as the gateway for access into the African continent through its ports and roads.
"We are not talking about Namibia as a country only but a gateway to other landlocked countries for trade," he said.
According to the Namibian President, trade with the African continent is now ideal and Africa is on the march.
"Africa is longer characterised by coups. It is no longer UN or EU that ostracise leaders who refuse to leave office democratically. It is us (AU) who do that," Geingob said, adding that it proves Africa is serious about economic development and its requirements globally.
Namibia has only been independent for 27 years but already has a third President in office, elected democratically, the Namibian leader said.
"It is no longer the Africa you [western media] write about," he said.