Namibia

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Coat of arms: is the official heraldic symbol of Namibia. Introduced at the time of independence in 1990, it superseded the earlier coat of arms used by the South African administration of the territory.

 

Flag: was adopted on March 21, 1990 upon independence from South Africa. The flag has a white-edged red diagonal band radiating diagonally from the lower hoist-side corner. The upper triangle is blue with a gold sun with 12 triangular rays and the lower triangle is green. 

Red represents Namibia's most important resource, its people. It refers to their heroism and their determination to build a future of equal opportunity for all. White refers to peace and unity. Green symbolises vegetation and agricultural resources. Blue represents the clear Namibian sky and the Atlantic Ocean, the country's precious water resources and rain.

 
  • Anthem: «Namibia, Land of the Brave» is the national anthem of Namibia, adopted in December 1991. It was written by Axali Doëseb.
  • Official languages: English. 
  • Geographical location: it is a country in southern Africa. Its western border is the Atlantic Ocean; it shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. 
  • Administrative divisions: Namibia is divided into 14 regions and subdivided into 121 constituencies. 
  • ​​Capital: Windhoek.
  • Governance: politics of Namibia takes place in a framework of a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, whereby the President of Namibia is both head of state and head of government,and of a pluriform multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by both the President and the Government. Legislative power is vested in both the Government and the two chambers of Parliament. The judiciary is independent of the executive and the legislature. Additional to the government political structure Namibia has a network of traditional leadership with currently 51 recognised traditional authorities and their leaders. These authorities cover the entire Namibian territory. Traditional leaders are entrusted with the allocation of communal land and the formulation of the traditional group's customary laws. They also take over minor judicial work.
  • Population: 2.3 million.
  • Currency: Namibian dollar, South African rand.
  • GDP: $11.5 billion.
  • Time zone: GMT +1.
  • Telephone code: +264.
  • Barcode: 516.

 

Trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and Namibia

Namibia's Most Valuable Export Products:

  • Diamonds;
  • Uranium;
  • Rare metals;
  • Fish;
  • Meat and livestock.

Namibia's Most Valuable Import Products:

  • Machinery and equipment;
  • Other industrial goods;
  • Food products;
  • Processed petroleum oils;
  • Construction materials.

Trade turnover between Belarus and Namibia is quite small. Belarus exported its products (mainly binoculars and measuring instrument) to this country in 2009, 2014 and 2015 within the last decade. Belarus mainly imported grapes and dried grapes, unwrought zinc and fillet of fish in small quantities from Namibia.

                                                                                    Dynamics of trade between Belarus and Namibia (in million U.S. dollars)                                                       

Year

Turnover

Exports

Imports

Surplus

2008

66

66

-66

2009

248.4

49.8

198.6

-148.8

2010

98.8

0.7

98.1

-97.4

2011

131.7

131.7

-131.7

2012

92.0

92.0

-92.0

2013

139.4

139.4

-139.4

2014

305.8

140.5

165.3

-24.8

2015

169.1

16.5

152.6

-136.1

January — October 2016

5.4

5.4

-5.1

Namibia is interested in Belarusian quarry and agricultural machinery. The countries are considering the possibility to create a tractor assembly plant in Namibia.

Namibian young people have had an opportunity to study at Belarusian universities since 2010. Nowadays a lot of them are majoring in medicine. In addition, the Namibians are willing to get degrees in agriculture and IT.

Namibia is a member of the Southern African Customs Union, and therefore it has custom duties such as those applied in RSA.

 

This article has been prepared on the basis of information provided by the National Centre for Marketing and Price Study of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the Republic of South Africa, and taken from public sources. The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. In this regard, it may be useful for the companies, which have been working in Namibia for a long time, as well as for those, which are going to enter this market. Any questions, feedbacks and comments concerning this article are welcome. All of them will be fully considered and taken into account, if possible. If you have any information that may be interesting and useful for the visitors of this page, please write to us.

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