09 Sep 2015 15:20pm
WINDHOEK, 09 SEP (NAMPA) Cabinet has directed several ministries to strengthen bilateral cooperation between Namibia and the Republic of Congo.
Cabinet gave the directive during its session which took place here on Tuesday.
Speaking during a media briefing on Wednesday, Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Tjekero Tweya said the ministries should take action on issues falling under their respective areas of jurisdiction based on the resolutions taken during the fourth session of the Namibia/Congo-Brazzaville Joint Commission of Cooperation in 2014.
That session of the joint commission of cooperation discussed issues affecting the two countries and related to agriculture, water, forestry, mines, energy, fisheries, trade, transport, tourism, finance, telecommunications, education and health among others.
We as a country entered into many bilateral agreements with Congo-Brazzaville, some dating back to 2006, but little has been done so far, he said.
Ministries given directives are Industrialisation, Trade, and Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) Development; Fisheries and Marine Resources; Works and Transport; Environment and Tourism; ICT; Higher Education, Training and Innovation; Health and Social Services; Land Reform; Urban and Rural Development; and International Relations and Cooperation.
Tweya pointed out that there are some agreements in the areas of trade, ICT, fishing and mining that need action and speedy implementation.
He stressed that the Namibian government through the Ministry of Industrialisation, Trade and SME Development and Congo-Brazzaville signed a trade agreement to encourage business communities of the two countries to work together in order to strengthen their business relations.
Tweya noted that the draft agreement sent by Congo-Brazzaville towards his ministry in the area of ICT was not responded to yet.
This could be because of a language barrier, but that could require translation from experts in the Ministry International Relations and Cooperation, he said.
In June 2015, the governments of Namibia and Congo-Brazzaville signed an agreement aimed at reducing illegal fishing activity.
Namibia's Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resources Bernhard Esau and Congo-Brazzaville's Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Bernard Tchibambelela signed the agreement which focuses on the areas of monitoring, control and surveillance.