Jonathan concludes visit to Namibia

23 Mar 2014 11:40am
WINDHOEK, 23 MAR (NAMPA) – Nigerian president Goodluck Jonathan concluded his two-day State visit after joining Namibians in celebrating their country’s 24th Independence anniversary on Friday.
Jonathan was accompanied by his spouse Patience Jonathan and a 56-member delegation. They arrived at the Hosea Kutako International Airport on Thursday morning.
The Nigerian president was the guest of honour at the Independence celebrations held at the Independence stadium in Olympia, during which Namibian president Hifikepunye Pohamba bestowed upon Jonathan the Order of the Most Ancient Welwitschia Mirabilis First Class.
Pohamba conferred the medal as a token of appreciation to Nigeria for her contribution to Namibia’s independence.
On Thursday, the two nations signed 11 agreements.
“I hope the talks will lead to the signing of more agreements for the benefit of our peoples, and the progress and development of our two countries,” an optimistic Jonathan noted.
The agreements include training of Namibian foreign relations’ officers at the Nigerian Foreign Services’ Academy; youth development; the waiver of visa requirements for citizens of both parties holding diplomatic and official passports; bilateral air services; cooperation in the legal field; an extradition treaty; a treaty on mutual legal assistance in criminal matters; as well as technical cooperation for the provision of volunteer health professionals to Namibia under the Technical Aid Corps’ (TAC) Scheme.
Co-operation agreements in the fields of geology, mining, mineral processing and metallurgy were also signed as well as trade, investment and economic cooperation, and tourism.
The Nigerian head of state further said more agreements will be negotiated and concluded, and signed during the Fifth Session of the Nigeria-Namibia Joint Commission on a date still to be agreed upon by the two states.
On his part, Pohamba said bilateral cooperation between the two countries is underpinned by the Joint Commission of Cooperation, through which various agreements had already been signed and implemented.
These agreements were signed with a focus on industrialisation and sustainable development.
“The industrialisation of our economies is vital to promote value-addition to our natural resources, and to create gainful employment for our people, especially the youth,” Pohamba stated.
The Namibia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) and the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), also on Thursday, signed Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) during the Nigeria/Namibia Business Forum held at the Windhoek Country Club and Casino.
The MoU focus on tourism, film-making, oil and gas exploration, as well as agriculture.
The Nigerian president also toured the Sat-Com Communications Solutions company, while some members of his delegation visited Meatco. A State Banquet in his honour took place that same Thursday evening.