25 Mar 2014 18:20pm
WITVLEI, 25 MAR (NAMPA) The Omaheke Region has entered into a bilateral agreement with the Angolan province of Cuando-Cubango in a bid to strengthen trade relations and enhance economic opportunities in both regions.
Through the agreement, livestock farmers in the Omaheke Region will have unprecedented access to the Angolan market for their livestock, while tourists from Angola can visit the Omaheke Region to observe its cultural diversity, amongst other things.
The two parties, represented by their respective governors, on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will steer cooperation initiatives in the field of agriculture, trade and tourism.
Omaheke Governor Festus Ueitele and the governor of the province of Cuando-Cubango, General Higino Lopes Carneiro signed the MoU at a ceremony hosted for the purpose at Witvlei in the Omaheke Region.
Ueitele praised the Angolan delegation for open their doors to Omaheke, adding that the agreement will go a long way in marketing and promoting the Omaheke Region in the relevant areas.
This agreement will be of great benefit to the Omaheke Region as we strive to empower the lives of our residents by providing them with opportunities which will uplift their standards of living. I am also convinced that the entire country will benefit from this agreement through the Omaheke Region, he said.
The Cuando-Cubango governor echoed Ueiteles sentiments, noting that the MoU is set to create a positive precedence in which other regions might also seek ties with his province or vice-versa.
The agreement stems from a strong business relationship that was created between the two entities when the Angolan provincial governor and his entourage visited the 2013 edition of the Omaheke Trade Fair.
Ueitele facilitated the visit, during which Carneiro undertook to convince businesspeople in his province to buy livestock from Omaheke farmers.
Later the same year, two businesspeople from the province visited Omaheke and bought 10 Bonsmara and Brahman breed bulls, and 50 cows. They also bought 200 Boer goat ewes and 30 rams at an average price of N.dollars 2 300 per livestock.
As a token of appreciation, the businesspersons donated 53 of the goats to the Omaheke Governor for distribution to the region's inhabitants.