Geingob satisfied with China-Namibia cooperation

11 Apr 2014 14:50pm
SHENZEN, 11 APR (NAMPA) - Prime Minister Hage Geingob has described his engagements with China on the political and economic front as successful, as he winds up his official visit to the Asian country.
Speaking during a visit to the Huawei Technologies company headquarters on Friday, Geingob said he was satisfied with the progress made in the bilateral cooperation talks he held with senior Chinese government officials and businesspeople.
The premier said his visit to china took him to several areas of the country, which saw him strengthening bilateral cooperation between China and Namibia.
“I am very pleased with the progress that we made in our bilateral talks with China. This is testimony to the ever-growing relationship between our two countries. The success of these talks will create an even stronger bond between our two sister countries as we move towards greater economic freedom,” he said.
Huawei is the largest telecommunications equipment maker in the world, having overtaken Ericsson in 2012.
Geingob also visited the ZTE Corporation, another mobile phone manufacturer based in Shenzen.
ZTE is ranked the fifth-largest telecom equipment maker after Ericsson, Huawei, Samsung and Nokia Solutions and Networks.
Geingob has had a consistent theme in his speeches during his current visit to Belgium and China – always placing emphasis on the need for economic freedom for Namibia and the entire African content.
As head of delegation of one of the countries that has taken issue with the EU over its Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), Geingob has continuously lobbied for better recognition of Africa's role in the world economy.
In China, the Prime Minister continuously reminded China - which has grown to be one of the largest economies in the world - that Africa's natural wealth would be meaningless if African countries do not enjoy favourable market conditions.
During a brief meeting with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang on Wednesday in the southern resort city of Sanya, Geingob reiterated the same sentiments, calling for more Chinese investments in Namibia.
He however stressed that such investments will only be accepted if they are on the terms of Namibians, and not the other way round.
The Prime Minister is expected to return to Namibia on 14 April.