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Ambassador Martin Andjaba from the Republic of Namibia to visit Delaware Friday, April 7
Date:  4/6/2017
ArticleType:  Member News

Ambassador Martin Andjaba from the Republic of Namibia to visit Delaware Friday, April 7

H. E. Martin Andjaba, Ambassador from the Republic of Namibia to the United States will visit Delaware on Friday, April 7th.  This visit, organized by the World Trade Center Delaware, will include a variety of activities highlighting the many industries, interests and policies in common between Delaware and Namibia.

H. E. Martin Andjaba, Ambassador from the Republic of Namibia to the United States will visit Delaware on Friday, April 7th.  This visit, organized by the World Trade Center Delaware, will include a variety of activities highlighting the many industries, interests and policies in common between Delaware and Namibia. The Ambassador will start his day with a visit to the Port of Wilmington, North America’s port with the largest dock-side refrigerated complex enabling the Port to be the largest importer of fresh fruit, bananas and juice concentrate. The Port of Wilmington also handles the export of livestock.  With its  dedicated Auto & RoRo berth, deep-water general cargo berths,  ample storage facilities, an ISO 9001 certified comprehensive homologation and vehicle processing tenant, and excellent highway and rail connectivity, the Port is  well positioned to serve auto & RoRo shippers to West Africa. In the past few years, the Port has been the port of choice for special project cargoes including: Orbital Sciences' rocket booster cores for the “Antares” program, parts for power generating plants, wind turbine blades, large generators, construction equipment, and ship building materials.

Greeting the Ambassador will be Delaware State Senator Margaret Rose Henry of Wilmington and Delaware Secretary of State & Diamond State Port Corporation (DSPC) Board Chair, Jeff Bullock.  The Port’s Executive Director Gene Bailey and Marketing Director John Haroldson will make presentations as will USDA APHIS PPQ Sup. PPQ Officer, Darryl Moore. Following presentations, the Namibians will have the opportunity to tour the Port.

Lunch at the Wilmington’s historic Riverfront will include visits with Senator Harris B. McDowell, Chair of the International Council of Delaware and David Mathe, Delaware’s Export Trade Director. In the afternoon, the Ambassador will meet with World Trade Center Delaware member companies to discuss opportunities for direct trade.

The Day will be capped off with an event highlighting the fight against illegal wildlife and ivory trafficking at the Delaware Museum of Natural History, hosted by Senator Chris Coons and co-sponsored by the World Trade Center Delaware and the Delaware Chapter of People to People International.   In the 114th Congress, Senator Coons worked with Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) to introduce and pass the END Wildlife Trafficking Act. The END Wildlife Trafficking Act was signed into law by President Obama on October 7, 2016. Ambassador Andjaba will speak about Namibia’s efforts to protect wildlife. Namibia, the first country to enshrine environmental protection into its constitution, has played a pivotal role in preventing illegal poaching and killing of elephants and rhinoceroses for their ivory tusks as well as protecting other animals.  The evening will include a screening of National Geographic’s Warlords of Ivory, produced by Delaware native Katie Carpenter and commentary by a panel of internationally known wildlife conservation experts including:

  • Dennis Kelly, Director of the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute and   Chairman of the Board for the Association of Zoos & Aquariums
  • Johan Bergenas, Senior Director, Government Affairs, Vulcan, Inc
  • Nick Hanauer, Project Manager, tenBoma, International Fund for Animal Welfare
  • Drew Aydelotte, Chief DNREC’s Div of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police.

 

This event, free and open to the public requires advanced registration at http://www.delmnh.org/event/warlordsofivory/ 

 

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