Join us virtually as we welcome Charles Moore, British High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia on Thursday 22nd June from 11:40-12:40 BST.
The driest country in Sub-Saharan Africa, it is rich in mineral resources, including diamonds and uranium, sharing borders with Angola, Botswana, South Africa, and Zambia.
Political stability and sound economic management have helped poverty reduction and allowed Namibia to become an upper-middle-income country.
The lingering impacts of the pandemic, which led to a sharp economic downturn in 2020, and the ongoing war in Ukraine continue to weigh on the country’s growth performance. Growth in 2022 reached 3.5%, driven by mining (especially the growth of diamond production), manufacturing, and the continued recovery of services. Diamond production increased by 46% while many services sectors, such as trade and finance, which rely on face-to-face interaction, continued to recover following the removal of all remaining pandemic-related restrictions mid-year. On top of both droughts and flooding, agricultural production has been hampered by higher fertilizer prices due to the war in Ukraine.
Charles Moore was appointed as the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia in January 2021. He is a career diplomat, having joined HM Diplomatic Service in 1982, serving in overseas postings to Zimbabwe, Oman, Botswana, Indonesia, Switzerland, Ghana, Trinidad and Tobago, and South Sudan.
In the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office in London, he served as Parliamentary Clerk, and has worked on diverse issues including Hong Kong, resource management, national security and the Korean Peninsula. In 2010, he joined LOCOG as head of the Dignitary Programme for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, leading a team of 600 staff and volunteers to coordinate attendance at the Games by over 120 Heads of State and Government, and 500 UK Dignitaries.
On his return to the FCDO, Charles led the FCDO contribution to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, before being appointed as the interim British High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago. In October 2017, in the immediate aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, he was deployed to the Turks & Caicos Islands, and then to Anguilla, to coordinate UK reparation activities.
Prior to the current posting to Windhoek, Namibia he was the Deputy Head of Mission at the British Embassy in Juba, South Sudan.