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ol. 22 No. 190 Windhoek, Namibia Wednesday, May 10 2017 Inside Today EU-Africa strengthen cooperation The main objectives of the Joint Africa-European Union (EU) strategy are to strengthen political dialogue and enhance cooperation at all levels, while the 5th EU-Africa Summit slated for Abidjan, Ivory Coast in late November will focus on the African youth who face unemployment. Page 3 Warmbad farmers risk losing 19,000 livestock to drought Matheus Hamutenya Karasburg Almost 19,000 animals are on the brink of starvation at Warmbad and surrounding farms, according to Karasburg East Constituency Councillor Dennis Coetzee. Coetzee revealed this to New Era during a recent interview on the state of affairs in his area of jurisdiction, saying something urgently needs to be done to assist farmers, whose livelihood is wholly dependent on their livestock. He described the situation as severe, noting that since last year, farmers from that area started approaching his office to look for assistance, as their animals were dying and he advised them to wait and see what the rainy season brings, but nothing has changed as only a few drops of rain fell in that area. “We had hoped to receive better rainfall in that area, but the rain they received for the entire last rainy season is between 3 and 10 millimetres only, so you can imagine what that means,” he said. FARMERS on page 2 Emmanuel Macron Average central property prices ‘consistently’ above N million The central region of the country continues to lead the market in property prices, trading consistently above N million since early 2015. Page 9 Promising new kid on the block invades sacred territory The astonishing upsurge of local boxers at international events has captured the imagination of many Namibians from all walks of life. Page 24 Albertina Nakale Windhoek The chairperson of the National Council, Margaret Mensah- Williams, has urged members of parliament (MPs) to seriously debate how Namibia can attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comes after Speaker of the National Assembly Professor Peter Katjavivi recently expressed concern regarding the slow pace “This is the task and challenge we have been given and entrusted with by those we represent. –Mensah-Williams NC implored to debate SDGs towards the implementation of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, as per Namibia’s commitment at the UN Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. In particular, Katjavivi was concerned regarding Goal 16, on the progress of which Namibia is expected to start reporting in July. Namibia participated in the UN Summit for the Adoption DEBATE on page 2 Macron election won’t affect Franco- Namibian relations Albertina Nakale Windhoek French Ambassador to Namibia Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni says the election of a new president of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, has no immediate and direct impact on the work and staff of French embassies around the world. Centrist politician Macron won the French presidential election on Sunday over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Asked about the current state of trade and business relations between Namibia and France, she noted that France is Namibia’s 14 th largest global customer, importing uranium, agricultural and food French Ambassador to Namibia Jacqueline Bassa-Mazzoni products, including fishery products, and generating a positive trade balance for Namibia. “France exports to Namibia mainly industrial and agricultural machinery and equipment, as well as the French malt for breweries. Contributing to the increase of trade in services is the number of French tourists increasing considerably – from less than 10,000 in 2005 to more than 23,000 in 2016,” she said. She said French companies invest particularly in areas identified by the government as priority areas and strategic to the country’s development, particularly water distribution and treatment, renewable energy, tourism and manufacturing. MACRON on page 2 Edmund Shipulwa Tour Guide Tour guides work in the travel industry, giving guided tours to groups of visitors. They are experts on the history of a location. Meet Edmund Shipulwa, a passionate conservationist who has worked his way up in the Gondwana Group of Companies. Read his story in today`s Youth Corner. New Era Newspaper @NewEraNewspaper #NewEraNewspaper • •

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