The board of trustees of the World Affairs Council of San Antonio hosted a visit from the President of the Republic of Namibia, Dr. Hage Geingob, on the University of the Incarnate Word campus. This fall, Geingob delivered an exclusive preview of his address to the United Nations in the McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room. Geingob is the third and current president of Namibia, in office since March 2015. He was the first prime minister of Namibia from 1990 until 2002 and served as prime minister again from 2012 to 2015. Since 2007, he has been vice president of the South West Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO), Namibia’s ruling party, and he was minister of trade and industry from 2008 to 2012.
Namibia, formerly German South-West Africa and then South-West Africa, is a country in southern Africa whose western side borders the Atlantic Ocean. The country shares land borders with Zambia and Angola to the north, Botswana to the east and South Africa to the south and east. Namibia has a population of 2.1 million people and a stable, multi-party parliamentary democracy. The basis of Namibia’s economy includes agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry – including mining for gem diamonds, uranium, gold, silver, and base metals. It is one of the least densely populated countries in the world given the presence of the arid Namib Desert, which stretches more than 1,200 miles along the Atlantic coasts of Angola, Namibia, and South Africa.