Jamaicans traveling to the Republic of Namibia for business or tourism will not be required to obtain a visa.
The Governments of Jamaica and Namibia this morning (July 23) agreed to a visa waiver programme.
It’s the first of several agreements between both countries, as Prime Minister Andrew Holness began a full day of discussions with the Namibian President HE Dr Hage Geingob.
Previously, Jamaica unilaterally waived visa requirements for Namibians entering the country as an expression of solidarity and support during Namibia’s liberation struggle. Namibia today reciprocated this action.
During a joint press conference with President Geingob in the Namibian capital, Windhoek, Prime Minister Holness noted that both countries now have cemented a deeper bond.
“My official visit to Namibia is of strategic importance. We have two beautiful countries, but we scarcely ever get to enjoy the beauty of our countries. We need to encourage travel between our two countries for tourism,” the Jamaican prime minister said.
“I’ve welcomed the announcement by the president of the waiver of visa requirements for Jamaicans. Jamaica had long ago abolished visa requirements for Namibians.”
Jamaica and Namibia are also working to secure a stronger relationship in several areas, including trade, investment, banking, sports and culture.
“There will be greater opportunities for the people of both countries. I think that there is great opportunity for us to continue our exchange of people. We can build a strong human capital base in education,” Prime Minister Holness continued.
“We welcome Namibians to study at our Universities. We welcome Namibians to come and train with us in athletics and sporting endeavours. We believe that there can be significant opportunities between our two countries for trade.”
Prime Minister Holness also stated that he and Namibian President Geingob have recommitted to ensuring the African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group remains.
“I believe we are stronger together. The liberation struggle may have ended for many Africans, but the new struggle is now for our economic independence and our economic liberation, and it makes no sense for us to separate on this matter,” added the Jamaican prime minister.
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