Nam and DRC consolidate relations

03 May 2014 07:30am
WINDHOEK, 03 MAY (NAMPA) – Namibia and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have noted with satisfaction the excellent fraternal and friendly relations existing between the two countries over the years.
This statement follows the DRC Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Francophonie, Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo’s official working visit to Namibia from 23 April to 25 April 2014 on invitation from Namibian Foreign Affairs Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah.
The purpose of the visit was to further strengthen the multi-sectoral bilateral relations between Namibia and the DRC.
A joint communiqué issued by the two countries’ Ministries of Foreign Affairs here on Friday read that the two ministers exchanged views on a wide range of bilateral, regional and international issues of common interest.
The two officials identified the need for closer cooperation in trade and investment, mining, fishing, military cooperation, agriculture and the energy sectors for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Namibia agreed to look into the request by the DRC for a dry port facility at the Port of Walvis Bay as well as trade in horse mackerel.
On the political situation in the region, both parties agreed to stand by the new leadership in Madagascar, referring to the positive political process in that country after the election of a new president, appointment of a new prime minister and Government.
With regards to forthcoming elections in the sub-region, both parties noted with satisfaction the recommended deployment of international observers and those of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) in South Africa for the elections taking place there on 07 May 2014 and the general elections in Malawi on 20 May 2014.