Geingob arrives in Cuba for State visit

15 Sep 2015 14:00pm
By Charles Tjatindi
HAVANA, 15 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob arrived in the Cuban capital of Havana on Monday for a three-day State visit to the Caribbean nation.
Geingob is accompanied by some Cabinet ministers, a team of advisors, and other high-ranking Government officials.
The visit is aimed at cementing long-standing bilateral and political relationships between the two countries.
In 2009, the two sister countries entered into various economic agreements and partnerships, which have defined the bond between the two nations.
These cooperation agreements were signed during Cuban President Raul Castro’s visit to Namibia that year.
Critical areas of cooperation that will be discussed during the visit include the extension of cooperation in the areas of health, education and sports.
Cuba is expected to commit itself to train Namibian medical students, while also pledging to assist Namibia in the eradication of malaria.
On the education front, Cuba could also assist Namibia with the training of vocational subjects’ teachers, as Namibia prepares to incorporate vocational training in the mainstream of its education curriculum.
Namibia has also in the past benefited from Cuban sport coaches, an area which is bound to produce bilateral agreements during the current visit.
Cuba provided a safe haven for many Namibian refugees and students at the height of the struggle for the southern African country’s independence.