Namibia recently announced visa exemption to all diplomats and officials of African countries. It has come up with a new foreign policy to completely remove permit requirements for people of the African continent.
Speaking at the official opening of the Foreign Policy Conference held on July 25th, 2016, Namibian President Haig Geingob, said that his country would abolish all visa requirements to Africans entering Namibia. He also said that “Our policy on international relations and cooperation should also take into consideration what I refer to as the new Africa. This is an Africa where coups d'état are no longer tolerated, where leaders retire in dignity and an Africa that reflects its true narrative. In essence, the new Africa is the Africa we want, as espoused in Agenda 2063 of the African Union,”
“As Africans, it is important that we remain intellectually honest about our challenges while resisting the temptation of persistent Afro-pessimism,” he added.
He also added that the country’s foreign policy must represent the doctrine of pan-Africanism as espoused by the leading pan-Africanist philosophers Julius Nyerere, Patrice Lumumba, Julius Nyerere, Sylvester Williams, Kwame Nkrumah and Founding President Sam Nujoma.