Location & History: Namibia, formerly known as South West Africa, lies on the Atlantic coast of South Africa. After prolonged insurgency a peace accord was signed on 5th October, 1988 by Angola, Cuba and South Africa and Namibia became a fully independent nation under the UN mandate on 21 March 1990. The first general elections for a Constituent Assembly were held in November 1989 when SWAPO (South West Africa People's Organisation) which spearheaded the freedom struggle for 30 years was swept no power. Walvis Bay and the off-shore islands were transferred to Namibian sovereignty on February 28, 1994.
Economy & Crops: Diamonds are Namibia's most valuable economic asset followed by copper, uranium, zinc, lead, germanium and manganese. Stock-breeding is important, cattle, sheep and goats abound. Fishing is a supplementary source of food and income. Food crops include corn, millet and sorghum.
Industry: canning, textiles, leather, dairy.
GDP by major sectors: Agriculture - 11%, industry - 28% and services 61%.
Population growth rate is 3% per annum. The country has a wide variety of tourist attractions mainly in the form of spectacular scenery and wildlife reserves. Walvis Bay and Luderitz are the two harbours.
Mission in India:
High Commission of Namibia
A-2/6, Vasant Vihar,
New Delhi - 110 057, India
Tel: 91 - 11 - 26140389/ 0890/ 4772
Fax: 91 - 11 - 26146120/ 26155482
Tel: 91 - 22 - 56657272, 56658027
Fax: 91 - 22 - 56658028
Indian Mission in Namibia:
High Commission of India
97, Nelson Mandela House
P.O. Box. 1209, Windhoek, 9000, Namibia
Tel: 00 - 264 - 61 - 226037, 228433
Fax: 00 - 264 - 61 - 237320