US ambassador Randy Berry visits south

United States (US) ambassador to Namibia Randy Berry completed a five-day tour of Namibia’s southern coastal region, visiting Oranjemund, the Tsau //Khaeb National Park, and Lüderitz from 13 May to 17 May. 

The trip aimed to bolster economic ties and highlight ongoing conservation efforts between the US and Namibia.

During his visit to Oranjemund, Berry met with mayor Elias Kasemba and members of the town council.  

They discussed the growing economic opportunities in the region, emphasising the mining sector’s vital role in Namibia’s economy.

At the Southern Coastal Mine, Berry observed the extensive diamond field that significantly contributes to Namibia’s economic development. The visit underscored the US’ position as one of the largest consumers of diamonds globally, and its interest in the sector’s success.

In Tsau //Khaeb National Park, Berry witnessed one of the planet’s most diverse ecosystems, which includes dozens of plants unique to Namibia. This visit highlighted the importance of conservation efforts supported by the US to preserve such rich biodiversity.

Berry also visited Halifax Island with the Namibia Nature Foundation to observe the island’s biodiversity firsthand. He met with the Namibia Foundation for the Conservation of SeaBirds (Namcob) and saw the local efforts to protect wildlife, including the island’s penguin population.

At the historic site of Kolmanskop, Berry noted its recent use as a filming location for the popular series ‘Fallout’, which has garnered 65 million viewers. This visit showcased Namibia’s cultural heritage and its potential for tourism and media production.

At Lüderitz, Berry had a productive meeting with deputy mayor Bridgette Fredericks, and members of the town council. The discussions focused on the transformative developments in Namibia’s energy sector driving significant economic

changes in the region.

The ambassador’s tour also included a visit to the Kelp Blue laboratory. Here, Namibian scientists are pioneering kelp cultivation, with operations covering over four hectares. The cultivated kelp enhances marine habitats and is used to develop sustainable products, including fertilisers.

Berry’s visit to Namibia’s southern coastal towns underscores the US’ commitment to strengthening bilateral trade ties and supporting sustainable development initiatives. 

The engagements reflect a shared vision of economic growth and environmental stewardship, fostering a prosperous future for both nations.

“I am thankful to have had the opportunity to spend the last week getting to know the communities and national parks of Namibia’s southern coastal regions. In conversations with political and business leaders, conservation experts, scientists, and entrepreneurs, it’s clear there is tremendous opportunity and potential. 
“And as always, I was welcomed with the same generous Namibian hospitality I’ve come to know well. I am looking forward to the next great visit!” Berry said in summarising his first familiarisation trip to the //Kharas region.

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