Embassy overview

The Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, D.C, is Namibia’s diplomatic mission to the United States of America and accredited to the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. The Embassy is the official representation of the Government and the People of the Republic of Namibia in the United States of America. 

The Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, D.C. has the responsibility of promoting relations of friendship and co-operation between the governments and the peoples of the Republic of Namibia and the United States of America. The Embassy seeks to advance Namibia’s national interests spanning trade, investment, tourism, natural resources, education, health, defense, the arts, youth empowerment, science, and technology. Located in the Dupont Circle Historic District, the bilateral relationships are strong, underpinned by shared values and principles of democracy, good governance, the rule of law, and respect for human rights.

The Ambassador

The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia to the United States of America and non-resident Ambassador to the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras is H.E Margaret Mensah-Williams. Her Excellency assumed her position as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Namibia to the United States of America in Washington, DC on (date). She brings a unique combination of knowledge and experience in politics, public policy, regulation, governance, training and public administration.

Prior to her appointment, Her Excellency Margaret Mensah-Williams was a Member of Parliament in the National Council and National Assembly respectively. From 2015 to 2020 she was elected Fifth Chairperson of the National Council; the National Council is the Upper House of the Parliament of Namibia. During her time in legislature, she served as the first woman in the history of Namibia to hold the post of Deputy Chairperson and Chairperson of the National Council in 1999 till 2019, she was a Member of the National Assembly for the year 2020. Having been a member of the National Council since 1998 till 2019, she was the Chairperson of the Committee on Women Caucus, Committee on Standing Rules and Orders, Committee on Privileges and Immunities and the Steering Committee Chairperson. In the National Assembly, she was the Chairperson of the Constitutional and Legal Affairs Committee, Member of the Gender Committee, Member of the Economic Committee and the Standing Rules and Orders Committee in 2020.

H.E Margaret Mensah-Williams

H.E Margaret Mensah-Williams

Ambassador Margaret Mensah-Williams has also been a leading public voice for positive global change throughout her career. Due to her extensive legislative experience, she has been a member of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) Executive Committee which is the international organisation of national parliaments that promotes peace, democracy and sustainable development around the world. In March 2014, she took up the role as President of the IPU’s Women’s Coordinating Committee. 2012 to 2014 she then served the Inter Parliamentary Union Executive Committee as the Vice President. During the 137th IPU Assembly in Russia, she was elected as the Vice-Chairperson of the IPU Working Group on Syria and served on IPU’s Committe on Middle East Questions. In 2018, Her Excellency Mensah-Williams was elected as first woman and African to be Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Conference on the World Trade Organization (PCWTO) aimed at promoting common parliamentary action on international trade. Her Excellency Margaret Mensah-Williams has presented her critical yet visionary thoughts at various international forums such as the Global Summit of Women Speakers of Parliament, iKNOW Politics and several events by the United Nations as an international expert.

Ambassador’s Message:

It is with great pleasure to warmly welcome you to the Official Website of the Embassy of the Republic of Namibia in Washington, D.C with concurrent accreditation to the Bahamas, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, El Salvador and Honduras. 

We hope you will find the information useful, whether you are planning to visit Namibia, an investor seeking rewarding opportunities or interested in remaining current with the activities of the Namibian Embassy in Washington, DC. In the true Harambee spirit, our mission is reflective of our country’s values of putting humanity central to all that we do by accelerating government programmes and projects to improve service delivery and economic growth. 

Namibia is open for business and continues to provide a wealth of opportunities for those looking at investing in an emerging market that boosts a stable democracy, incredible infrastructure and world class communication and financial systems. We remain a premier destination for tourism and always welcome an opportunity to welcome you to our country of beautiful panoramic views, wildlife, beaches and amazing climate. What is more important however is that you will meet culturally diverse Namibians, waiting to welcome you!