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Namibia map :The Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection
The University of Texas at Austin
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/Libs/PCL/Map_collection/africa.phpLocated at the Northwest border (over 855 km) of the Republic of South Africa, the Republic of Namibia expands over a total area of: 825,418 sq. km.

It is bordered on the North by the Republic of Angola (1,376 km); at the extreme Northeast by the Republic of Zambia (233 km); at the East by the Republic of Botswana (1,360 km).

It has a coastline of 1,572 km. The climate is influenced by the Namib Desert along the coastline and the Kalahari Desert in the Eastern region: hot, dry; rainfall are sparse and erratic which results in prolonged periods of drought. There is very limited natural fresh water resources.

Population:1,648,270 (July 1999); 1,927,447 (July 2003 est.); with a growth rate of 1.57% (1999); 1.49% (2003 est.)

Independencefrom the South African (United Nations granted controlling mandate): March 21, 1990

National holiday:March 21


The country is endowed with huge natural resources: diamonds, copper, uranium, gold, lead, tin, lithium, cadmium, zinc, salt, vanadium, natural gas, fish; offshore oil fields recently discovered, natural gas; coal, iron ore.

Before the independence, the powerful mineral exploitation companies of South Africa extensively invested in Namibia's mining industry. Consequently, Namibia's economy nowadays has close links to South Africa. (87% of imports from and 24% of exports to South Africa).


The economy is heavily dependent on the extraction and processing of minerals for export. Mining accounts for 20% of GNP. Namibia is the fourth-largest exporter of nonfuel minerals in Africa and the world's fifth-largest producer of uranium. Rich alluvial diamond deposits make Namibia a primary source for gem-quality diamonds. Namibia also produces large quantities of lead, zinc, tin, silver, and tungsten.

Namibia imports food as agriculture is not well developed due to the scarcity of arable land and the desert climate. Nevertheless, half of the population depends on agriculture, which produces only subsistence products for local consumption: millet, sorghum, peanuts; livestock; fish.

Further, there is a problem of land distribution as the white farmers own 75% of arable land and are reluctant to give back some to black farmers under the land reform programme launched in 1995 to redress the imbalance. President Sam Nujoma singled out the problem in a speech at a May Day 2004 rally. He declared: "Some of the whites are behaving as if they came from Holland or Germany. We can drive them out of this land." The Namibian government on May 10, 2004 sent letters to ten farm owners telling them to make an offer to sell their property to the state. Click here for more

However on May 20, 2004 Theo-Ben Gurirab, the Namibian prime minister, denied that his country is facing a land distribution situation similar to that of Zimbabwe.

On May 30, 2004 Land Minister Hifikepunye Pohamba won a ballot of party members held in the capital, Windhoek. Mr Pohamba, President Nujoma's favoured successor, will represent Swapo in a presidential election due in November. Click here for more.

In presidential the elections held on November 15-16, 2004, with more than 50% of ballots returned, on November 19, 2004, election officials said that Hifikepunye Pohamba won 75.4% of the votes with opposition leader Ben Ulenga of the Congress of Democrats (CoD) party trailing far behind with 6.9% of the vote.

Three other opposition leaders garnered between 6.2% and 4.2% of the vote.

There are plenty of business opportunities for international investors in food industry and the industrial sector in general (meat packing, fish processing, dairy products; mining - diamond, lead, zinc, tin, silver, tungsten, uranium, copper).

The growth rate of the industrial sector is in average 10 % since the independence (the highest for an African country) and the recent discovery of oil deposits will help sustaining that two digits industrial growth rate over years to come.

Fisheries are one of the main contributors to economic growth in Namibia. The fisheries contribution to GNP has grown from 5% in 1991 to 13% in 2003.

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MORE ON NAMIBIA

1- D&B Export Guide To Namibia
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2- D&B Country Riskyline Report
Digital Delivry In PDF by D&B
3- Sands of Silence
On Safari In Namibia by Peter hataway
4- The Other Side of The Silence
by Andra Brink
5- Creating Gemans Abroad
Cultural Policy & National Identity In Namibia / by Daniel Joseph Walther
6- African Adventure Guide To Namibia
by Willie Olivier
7- Solar Energy For Rural Community
The Case of Namibia / by Gil Yaron
8- Namibia's-Post Apartheid Regional Institutions
by Joshua Bernard Forrest
9- Women Like Meat
The Folklore and Foraging Ideology of The Kalahari / by Ju Hoan
10- Women In Namibia
It Is Like HoldingThe Key To Your Own Jail / by Caroline Allison
11- Living On Mangetti
"Bushman" Autonomy And Namibian Independence / by Thomas Widlok
12- Fertility, Mortality And Migration
In Sub-Saharan Africa. The Case of Ovamboland In Northern Namibia 1925-1990 / by Veijo Notkola
13- Traditional Leadership And Democratisation
In Southern Africa: Botswana, Namibia, South Africa by Sandra Dusting
14- The Political Economy of Namibia
An Annotated Critical Bibliography
by Torre Linne Eriksen
15- The Bushman Myth
The Making of A Namibian Underclass / by Robert J. Gordon
16- Democratic Teacher
Education Reform In Africa
The Case of Namibia by Kenneth Zeichner
17- More News On Namibia
by AllAfrica Online

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SOME FIGURES


GNP:
US$ 7.6 billion (2000); 7.9 billion (2001); 8.22 billion (2002); 8.40 billion (2003)
GNP-real growth rate:4% (2000); 4% (2001); 2.3% (2002); 4% (2003)
GNP-per capita:US$ 4,023 (2000); 4,326 (2002)
; 4,362 (2003)

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GNP-composition by sector

  1. agriculture: 11%

  2. industry: 28%
  3. services: 61%

Exports: US$ 1.44 billion (f.o.b.,2000); 1.21 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
Commodities: diamonds, copper, gold, zinc, lead, uranium; cattle, processed fish, karakul skins.
Exports - partners: EU, US, SADC

Imports: US$ 1.6 billion (f.o.b., 2000); 1.38 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
Commodities: foodstuffs; petroleum products and fuel, machinery and equipment, chemicals.
Imports - partners: US, EU, SADC

The high level of purchasing power above mentioned is not a realistic reflection of the purchasing power of the majority of the populations. Itis the result of the predominance of the mining industrial sector. The dividends resulting from the exploitation of that booming sector is not equally distributed amongst the majority of the population.

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ENTRY POLICY / HEALTH POLICY


A valid passport beyond at least six months of visitor sojourn in Namibia and a visa are necessary for citizens of some countries. It is advised to consult the nearest Namibian representative office / embassy for more about health policy with regards entry to Namibia. Here are listed some contacts around the world:

Ministry of Tourism
Government Offices, Robert Mugabe Avenue - Private Bag 13346
Windhoek

Tel: +(264) 61-284-91-11
Fax: +(264) 61-229-936
tourism@iwwn.com.na

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Embassy of Namibia
1605 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W. Washington DC 20009
Tel: +(1) 202 986-05-40
Fax: +(1) 202 986-04-43

BELGIUM
Embassy of Namibia
454, Avenue de Tervuren
1150 Brussels

Tel: +(32) 2 771-14-10
Fax: +(32) 2 771-96-89

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Embassy of Namibia

2nd Kazachy Lane, House N° 7
Moscow

Tel: +(7095) 230-01-13
Fax: +(7095) 230-22-74

SWEDEN
Embassy of Namibia
Luntmakargatan 86-88
Stockholm 111,22

Tel: +(46) 8 612-77-88
Fax:+(46) 8 612-66-55

ETHIOPIA
Embassy of Namibia
Higher 17, Kebel 19, House N° 002 Addis Ababa
Tel: +(251) 1 611-966
Fax: +(251) 1 612-677

AIR-LINKING / TRANSSHIPPING


The country is covered by a great number of airfields: 135 to date of which 22 are paved, equipped and serviced to international standards. Below contacts numbers to the national carrier: AIR NAMIBIA and others.

AIR NAMIBIA

Windhoek:
+(264) 61-298-25-52
London:
+(44) 181- 944-61-81
Paris:
+(33) 1-42-97-55-88
Frankfurt:
+(49)-6172-40660
Johannesburg:
+(27) 11-44 -24- 461
Nairobi:
+(254) 2-331-648
Sydney:
+(61) 295-94922
Rome:
+(39) 6-596-02148

LUFTHANSA

Windhoek:
+(264) 61-226-662

LTU

Windhoek:
+(264) 61-237-480

SOUTH AFRICA AIRWAYS

Windhoek:
+(264) 61-237-670



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INVESTOR CONTACTS

Ministry of Mines & Energy
Trust Centre, Independence Avenue Private Bag 13 297
Windhoek

Tel: +(264) 61-226-571
Fax: +(264) 61-238-643

National Petroleum Corporation Of Namibia (PTY) LTD
Private bag 13196
Windhoek
Tel: +(264) 61-221-699

+(264) 61-225-723
Fax: +(264) 61-221-785

Walvis Bay Export Processing Zone Management Company (WBEPZMC)
Private Bag 3304
Walvis Bay Namibia

Tel: +(264) 64-205-095
+(264) 64-205-097
Fax: +(264)-64-206-132
wbepzmc@iafrica.com.na

Namibian Investment Centre (NIC)
Development Centre-Block B
Goethe Street
Windhoek

Namibia
Tel: +(264) 61-283-73-35
Fax: +(264) 61-220-278
+(264) 61-254-600
nic@iwwn.com.na

Namibia National Chamber of Commerce & Industry (NNCCI)
P.O. Box 9355
Windhoek

Namibia
Tel: +(264) 61-228-809
Fax: +(264) 61-228-009

The Chamber of Mines of Namibia
P.O. Box 2895
Windhoek

Namibia
Tel: +(264) 61-237-925
Fax: +(264) 61-222-638

Offshore Development Company (Pty) Ltd
Private Bag 13340
Windhoek

Namibia
Tel. (264) 61-239-032
Fax: +(264) 61-231-001
odc@iwwn.com.na

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ACCOMMODATION

Tourist Information Centre:
Central Reservations Office:
Tel: +(264) 61-236-975
+(264) 61-236-976
+(264) 61-236-977
+(264) 61-236-978
Fax: +(264) 61-224-900
reservations@iwwn.com.na

Ministry of Tourism
Government Offices
Robert Mugabe Avenue
Private Bag 13346
Windhoek
Tel: +(264) 61-284-91-11
Fax: +(264) 61-229-936
tourism@iwwn.com.na

Kalahari Sands Hotel
PO BOX 2254
Windhoek
Tel: +(264) 61-222-300
Fax: +(264) 61-222-260

Windhoek Country Club Resort / Casino
PO BOX 30777
Windhoek
Tel: +(264) 61-205-59-11
Fax: +(264) 61-252-797

Hotel Fürstenfof
PO BOX 316
Windhoek
Tel: +(264) 61-237-380
Fax: +(264) 61-228-751

Continental Hotel
PO BOX 977
Windhoek
Tel: +(264) 61-237-293
Fax: +(264) 61-231-539


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