Masimba Tafirenyika, Director of the United Nations Information Centre Pretoria was on official visit to the UNIC Windhoek Centre in Namibia. During his visit from 9-11 April 2018 he met with the United Nations Country Team in Namibia ( representing all the agencies in Namibia), the UN Resident Coordinator, Kiki Gbeho, the United Nations Communications Group as well as stakeholders and partners of the UNIC Windhoek office.
UNIC Pretoria holds regional responsibilities to assist other UNICs in sub-Saharan Africa. With South Africa’s well developed infrastructure, large national and international media presence, relatively well resourced government departments, established academia, active civil society and an extensive diplomatic corps. Pretoria is thus a logical choice for such a regional hub. The office lends substantive support to other UNICs on thematic and logistical issues, as well as, where necessary, policy guidance and information outreach assistance.
The visit included formal engagements with the Ministry of Education, Arts and Culture strengthening partnership with UNIC Windhoek’s educational outreach programmes and identifying further opportunities for collaboration.
Further meetings were concluded with the National Youth Council, cementing the importance of engaging youth in Namibia and building new avenues for partnership. The Director also met with representatives from Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST) to gain insight into the Memorandum of Understanding concluded during 2017, formalising a mutually beneficial partnership with the Centre’s Graduate Internship Programme. Media colleagues were also invited to meet the Director and were very pleased to interact with a UN official on a very informal manner, the meeting rendered great dialogue, ideas and sharing of best practice. Tafirenyika’s extensive journalistic background ensured for insightful conversations and interest from the media colleagues.
The visit from the Regional office was concluded with one on one consultations with the UNIC Windhoek team members. To read more about the UNIC Director please read more here: : https://www.un.org/press/en/2017/sga1733.doc.htm