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Yearbook 2016

Namibia. In February, the government announced its intention to pursue a policy whereby selected farms would be expropriated, that is, the existing owner would be forced to sell. This is to accelerate the redistribution of land from white landowners who run large commercial farms to poor black people without their own agricultural land. According to countryaah, the government has so far primarily implemented a policy based on the fact that white farmers voluntarily sold their land, but this has been deemed too inefficient and slow. In November, a bill was proposed that would prohibit foreigners from owning land in Namibia.

2016 Namibia

In late June, the Deputy Prime Minister, Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, visited North Korea. She then told the North Korean regime that Namibia would end its cooperation with two state-run North Korean companies. The Namibian government made this decision after international pressure. According to the UN, one company, Korea Mining Development Trading Corporation, is engaged in arms trade, and the other is a construction company. In recent years, North Korea has been involved in the construction of a weapons factory and several public monuments in Namibia. However, co-ordination with the North Korean companies is considered contrary to the sanctions decided by the UN Security Council and which is part of the global community's strategy to persuade North Korea to stop the development of nuclear weapons.

During the year, President Hage Geingob defended his country's close ties to North Korea with the communist dictatorship supporting the then liberation movement SWAPO in the struggle for independence. Namibia will continue to have diplomatic relations with North Korea.

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