About Embassy

The Namibian Embassy in Austria serves as the representative of the Government of the Republic of Namibia to the Governments of Austria, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria,Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic.

Its role is to represent Namibian interests in these countriesin economic, commercial, cultural fields and in more general terms to promote these areas of expertise and excellence to specialized contacts (media, academic, political institutions, corporations, civil organizations) or the general public.

The Embassy is responsible for negotiating bilateral agreementsand protecting the interests of our government and citizens. The Namibian Embassy in Austria, moreover, handles proceduresfor anyone who wishes to apply to go to Namibia, either permanently or temporarily. Finally, consular services provided to Namibians abroad includethe assistance required in the event of conflict, theft or lost documents.

Embassy Programs

Vision

To achieve a peaceful, safe, stable and prosperity-enhancing world order that is predicated on the principles of diplomatic persuasion and a multilateral approach to inter-state relations, a world order in which Namibia is able to become a developed country by the year 2030, i.e., having joined the ranks of high-income (with a GNP per capita of US$7,911) economies.

Mission
  • To promote security domestically, within our own neighbourhood and in the global arena.
  • To enhance the international standing of our country and advance its socioeconomic, cultural, technological and scientific interests, with particular emphasis on economic growth and development.
  • To work for the realisation of the objectives set out in Article 96 of the Namibian Constitution, which stipulates that Namibia will:
    • adopt and maintain a policy on non-alignment;
    • promote international co-operation, peace and security;
    • create and maintain just and mutually beneficial relations among nations;
    • foster respect for international law, treaties and obligations; and
    • encourage the settlement of international disputes by peaceful means.

Human beings are constantly placing bets on what the future might hold. They do so because, even though no one knows exactly what it holds, the future matters. Therefore, people try to envision or stretch their imagination beyond normal limits in the hope to have a better insight into tomorrow’s reality. Visions are thus sorts of clairvoyance. They attempt to lay out good sketches of what the future holds, the assumption being that once you have such a sketch in hand, it ought to be possible NAMIBIA’S FOREIGN POLICY AND DIPLOMACY MANAGEMENT ix to plan better for the future or to set correct priorities regarding the desired future situation.

Namibia has adopted Vision 2030 as its guiding beacon into the future. This vision casts forwards the future possibilities and describes the actions to be taken to accomplish the mission within that specified time frame of three decades. All economic and political sectors of the Namibian society, including the country’s foreign service, are called upon to make a tangible contribution to the realisation of this vitally important commitment to live and work hard today for a better tomorrow.

Read More: Namibia’s Foreign Policy and Diplomacy Management

Foreign Ministry

Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation

Namibia is a young country, located on the South-west coast of Africa. It achieved its Independence in 1990, after a long and arduous liberation struggle. Namibia is a constitutional multi-party democracy, and is a model of stability and peaceful development.Namibia’s Foreign Policy is based on the principles of non-alignment, seeking the peaceful resolution of disputes between countries, under the banner of the United Nations, and a commitment to achieving African unity and increasing co-operation between developing countries.

Although a relatively small country, in terms of population, Namibia is proud of the role it plays in international affairs. We are an active participant in a range of international organisations and we enjoy sound diplomatic relations with most countries in the world.

Namibia is a member of the United Nations Organisation, the Organisation of African Unity, the Southern African Development Community as well as the Commonwealth.

Ministry website: www.mfa.gov.na

Ambassador

Ambassador / Permanent Representative

H.E. Mrs Nada Kruger

MESSAGE FROM THE AMBASSADOR

It is my pleasure to warmly welcome you to the Official Website of the Embassy/Permanent Mission of the Republic of Namibia to the Federal Republic of Austria and International Organizations based in Vienna, with concurrent accreditation to Albania, Bosnia Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, and Slovakia.  I trust that the website will assist with helpful information and resources on Namibia, whether you are looking for business opportunities, or consular services when travelling to our beautiful Country.

In pursuit of the mission and vision of the Ministry of International Relations and Cooperation, and in line with the strategic guidelines of the Government of Namibia, the Mission strives to enhance and further strengthen bilateral relations with Austria and the countries of concurrent accreditation.  We therefore invite all prospective investors/tourists to make full use of the information provided, or to contact the Mission for further information where the need exists.

Namibia provides numerous opportunities for international investors seeking a foothold and growth on the African continent, among others:

  • Infrastructure And Logistics
  • Serviced Land And Housing
  • Manufacturing And Market Access
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Social Enterprise
  • Tourism
  • SADC Market Access (+/- 280 million people)
  • Port-related services
  • Railway development & linkage
  • Warehousing & distribution
  • Flood and rainwater harvesting
  • Seawater desalination plants
  • Groundwater (borehole drilling)
  • Pipeline construction to transport water over long distances

Why Namibia you may ask?  The answer lies in the sound democratic governance architecture, multi-party democracy and the high degree of political stability enjoyed since achieving Independence in 1990.  Stability is maintained by strict adherence to the Constitution.

Furthermore, Namibia was awarded as Top Country at the Wanderlust Readers’ Travel Awards in January 2019, and with a score of 97.69, a visit to Namibia should top your list of things to do.  We welcome you with true Namibian friendship!

Trade & Investments

 

THE NAMIBIA INVESTMENT CENTRE

The Investment Centre is Namibia’s official investment promotion and facilitation office. Established in 1990, the Centre focuses on promotion of foreign and domestic investment and provides a service to all investors from the inquiry to the operational stage.

It is the first point of call for potential investors, providing general information packages and tailor-made advice on the investment opportunities, incentives, and procedures. It facilitates interaction between Government and the private sectors and assists investors in minimising bureaucratic obstacles, working closely with key productive sector ministries, as well as service and regulatory bodies. The Centre also facilitates in investment-related procedures, in particular work and residence permits, customs assistance, incentives and other approvals.

As part of the initiative to accelerate the pace of foreign and domestic private investment in the Namibian economy, the Centre has intensified efforts to promote contacts between overseas and local investors. These include strengthening the awareness of and access to institutional investors and foreign funding sources and increasing exposure of local firms and entrepreneurs to “best practice” scenarios.

In addition, the Centre provides advice to Government on investment trends, the policy on the environment and the need for new strategies or incentives.

 

OFFSHORE DEVELOPMENT COMPANY

The ODC runs the EPZ secretariat, a dedicated clearinghouse, which handles investor’s applications for EPZ status with great ease, speed and efficiency. Its team ensures that a proper

t the request of entrepreneurs. To complement the EPZ regime and diversify the offshore activities in sector, Namibia is currently advanced in programmes aimed at, establishing an Offshore Financial Services Industry. The ODC is central to these programmes.ly filled application form is processed within a minimum of one week and a maximum of one month. The ODC also erects individual factory shells anywhere in the country aThe Offshore Development Company(ODC), is the flagship Namibia’s tax-free Export Processing Zones (EPZ) regime. Established as a private company with minority government shareholding, the ODC monitors, regulates and promotes the Namibia EPZ as a vehicle for export led industrialisation of the economy and as an opportunity for investors, both local and foreign, to make money in Africa’s only tax haven.

The ODC is the investor’s bridge to the nation’s power centre; the passage to the country’s business and financial circles, the key to Namibia’s rich and untapped opportunities and the link into Africa’s most generous incentives for export-oriented manufacturers.

 

INVESTMENTS FACTS

The country has developed an excellent reputation as an all-round investment location. In particular, the excellent infrastructures, availability of finance, bureaucratic ease, flexible rules of licensing and access to foreign exchange earned Namibia high ratings in independent comparative analyses of Southern African countries.

The London Economic Intelligence Unit 1997 has awarded Namibia a Country Risk rating in the B category of 40 points, which is the top score for Sub-Saharan Africa. Political stability, a low crime rate and workable labour relations round off the attractiveness of Namibia’s enabling environment.

Furthermore, the Africa Competiveness Report of the World Economic Forum has just awarded Namibia a fourth place ranking in the Competiveness Index for the whole of Africa

Namibia can offer:

  • A democratic government with one of the most modern constitutions in the world;
  • A pro-investment attitude by government, with legislative and tax incentives for manufacturers including tax abatements and duty exemptions;
  • A successfully operating EPZ regime offering a zero tax and duty free environment, liberal labour conditions and no strikes and lockouts in the EPZ area special concessions on the movement of foreign exchange;
  • A large supply of semi-skilled labour;
  • Excellent road, rail, harbour and air transport facilities, as well as sophisticated domestic and international telecommunications connections. Namibia is strategically placed on the main shipping route between east Asia, Europe and the Americas;
  • Cheap industrial land by international standards;
  • A sophisticated financial and banking sector, with the Namibian Stock Exchange having the second largest market capitalisation in Africa;
  • A pleasant environment for living and working and a low crime rate.

NAMIBIA’S GATEWAY LOCATION AND MARKET ACCESS

Within the sub-continent Namibia has got a comparative advantage of preferential access to transport and trade links with the 130 million inhabitants of the sub-region of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Furthermore, markets comprising an additional 125 million within the second trade grouping of the Community of Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Namibia is also a member of the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) and as such enjoys duty-free access to these markets. Most importantly, the country is a neighbour to, and traditional trading partner of South Africa, with its 45 million consumer market.

Namibia’s strategic location and highly competitive package of incentives should also be of great interest to manufacturers eager to penetrate the emerging and potential lucrative markets of Angola and the People’s Democratic Republic of Congo.

The quick and efficient deep water harbour of Walvis Bay, a growth point and link into the major road transport corridors into neighbouring countries, including the Trans-Caprivi and Trans-Kalahari Highways, complete Namibia’s appeal as a gateway location.

On the international scene, Namibia’s trade advantages are defined by its Lome IV membership, with privileged, duty-free and quota free access to European markets for most raw materials and manufactured products.

Moreover, the General System of Preferences (GSP) agreements, provide access to the North American markets at their zero tariffs or tariffs better than Most Favoured Nations (MFN) status.

Namibia’s Foreign Investment Act of 1990 provides investors with guarantees in respect of investment security, repatriation of capital, access to foreign currency and international arbitration in case of dispute.

For foreign investors interested in this virgin territory, an attractive enabling environment, highly competitive fiscal benefits, the opportunity to overcome restrictive barriers into the EU and American markets, as well as operating in almost absolute industrial calm, Namibia is definitely the place to be.

 

Trade & Investments Documents 

 

Walvis Bay Spatial Development Initiative (WBSDI) /Namibia International Investment Conference
31 October – 1 November 2007
 

Tourism

 

Namibia is a country of compelling beauty, abundant sunshine, and a feeling of confined space. With its unspoilt landscapes and large variety of game, Namibia is one of the larger countries in Africa and draws an increasing number of visitors from various part so the globe

A sense of freedom is generated by the wide horizons, the clear unpollutted skies and a population density which is among the lowest in the world. This feeling of tranquility and stillness combines with a landscape which is singular in its colors, full of contrasts of light an shade. In addition, the diversity of its people creates a rich blend of cultures and traditions.

Namibia is known for its contrasting landscapes. There is the brooding, desolate Namib Desert, said to be the oldest in the world, with its high dunes and awe-inspiring sense of space. The central plateau, with its thronbush savanna and rugged mountains, rising abruptly from the plains, gives way to the majestic Fish River Canyon in the south. In the north the country, landscapes range from dense bush and open plains of the great Etosha Pan, to woodland savanna and lush riverine vegetation. Dinosaur footprints preserved in the sandstone, prehistoric rock art, and the ancient fossil plant, Welwitschia mirabillis, bear witness to the eons past in this- “the ageless land”.

All these facets combine in a country which can justifiably be called ‘Africa’s Gem’.

Namibia is the first country in the world to include protection of the environment and sustainable utilization of wildlife in its constitution. About 15.5% of the country has been set aside as national parks. In these areas, rare and endangered species of animals, birds and plant life are preserved and protected. They serve as a living reminder to us all, and to the generations of the future, of how it once was in Africa.

Most of the African game species are well represented in Namibia, with the largest concentration of game in Etosha National Park, which is firmly entrenched on the world map of international parks. Etosha provides memorable experiences. A waterhole at dawn with a medley of giraffe, zebra, rhino, graceful antelopes and a solitary hyena is like a finely etched painting of African wildlife.

Wilderness and modern amenities co-exist happily in this land of vivid contrasts. Visitors to Namibia can see the country by means of comfortable coach tours, fly-in safaris, self-drive tours, or guided tours tailored to suit individual needs.

For the more adventurous, there are wilderness safaris and hiking trails.

A large number of comfortable guest farms are found all over the country, where guests share the table with their hosts, and you are assured of personal attention, typical Namibian hospitality, and its people. Privately owned games ranches offer controlled, professional services to trophy and meat hunters. Photographic safaris can also be arranged.

In Namibia, not only hotels, but all other accommodation establishments including rest camps, caravan parks, private hotels, guest farms and safaris companies, are graded according to the services offered. Regular inspections to ensure that each establishment complies with expected standards are carried out by official from the Ministry of Environment and Tourism.

Tourist Attractions

The Central Region is dominated by Namibia’s capital, Windhoek, a mall bustling city with an estimated population of 280 000 (based on the 2001 census). Situated in an airy basin in the central highlands, Windhoek is surrounded by the Auas Mountains to the south east, the Eros Mountains to the north east and the Khomas Hochland to the west.

There are several recreation resorts and guest farms close enough to Windhoek for day and weekend excursions. These include the Daan Viljoen Game park, Gross-Barmen Hot Springs Resort, Von Bach Recreation Resort 65 km to the north of B1 to Okahandja and a popular venue for aquatic sports and fresh water angling enthusiast, and the Reho Spa Recreation Resort in Rehoboth, 90 km on the B1 south of the city.

Guest farms close enough to Windhoek to offer visitors short on time the opportunity to gain a “bush experience” in the space of a day or two include Okapuka Ranch, 30 km to the north; Midgard Guest Farm, a hour’s drive to the north east; and Elisenheim Guest Farm in the Eros Mountains 15km north of /Windhoek. For 4 x 4 enthusiast the Okahandja 4×4 Route, starts our 30 km north of Windhoek.

Southern Region spans two famous deserts – the Kalahari in the east and the Namib in the west – with rugged, mountainous terrain in between, This arid region of colorful sands and sunsets has a close to the soul charm, as the traveler along the back roads will experience when driving pas locals going about their business in donkey carts, the landscape punctuated by the odd windmill pumping water into concrete or corrugated iron reservoirs.

The main agricultural activity in the south is karakul farming, an industry that developed rapidly farming, an industry that developed rapidly after the first karakul sheep were brought to Namibia from Central Asia in 1907. Today karakul pelts, known as Swakara, are fashioned into high-quality garments by international and local furriers, and the durable karakul wool is used for weaving carpets with unusual designs and color combinations. Ostrich farming, for which the south is highly suitable, has expanded tremendously in recent years.

Because of the rugged terrain and pristine beauty of the grassy plains and mountainous areas, the south is sought after by 4×4 enthusiast.

Main Tourist Attractions in the southern region included the Soussusvlei, with its monumental dunes. The Sesriem Canyon, were centuries of erosion have incised a narrow gorge about 1 km in length. The Fish River Canyon, one of Namibia’s most spectacular geological phenomena and on the African continent, second in size only to the Blue Nile Gorge in Ethiopia. Hardap Recreation Resort is one of Namibia’s oldest and most extensive rest camps. Duwisib Castle built by the legendary Baron von Wolf for his American wife, Jayta, the castle was completed in 1909. There are more attraction in Lüdertiz and surrounding areas which include beaches, bays and birds including the Lüdertiz Waterfront. In Keetmanshop we find the Eagle’s Monument in the Garden of Remembrance, Brukkaros Mountain, Quiver Tree Forest & Giant’s playground.

Namib Region

The definitive feature of this region, the Namib Desert, is knonwn for the unusual beauty of its landscape, which changes from expansive gravel plains to vast dune seas, rugged canyons with towering walls of volcanic rock and distant mountain ranges. The Namib Region consists of the coastal desert between the Kunene River and Sandwich Harbor, the adjoining Kunene and Erongo regions and the northern section of the Namib-Naukluft Park.

The coast and its hinterland afford many opportunities or sport, angling and other recreational activities. Accommodation ranges from tented camps, desert lodges and seaside rest camps, to comfortable pensions and luxury hotels. Annual highlights at the cost are the yacht race and regatta for wind-surfers, coastal adventure cruises to Lüderitz, and the triathlon in December between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay. A marathon is run in mid-October, when runners take on the stretch of desert between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund.

Namibia’s Northern Region extends from the sparsely populated Kunene Region in the west across the four densely populated regions of Owambo, to the aquatic and species-rich habitats of the far north east with their densely populated communities of subsistence farmers. Large herds of game including Africa’s Big Five can be seen in the Estosha National Park and Waterberg Plateau Park, as well as in the lush riverine forests and seasonal flood plains of west and eastern Caprivi and Kavango.

Accommodation options in this region range from luxury river lodges, tented camps, basic trail camps and rustic reed and thatch huts, to guest farms and comfortable chalets in rest camps with all the necessary amenities. The larger towns offer a choice of hotels and caravan parks. Locals and visitors are asked to show consideration towards the inhabitants and wildlife in these densely populated areas by not camping too close to settlements and waterholes.