Geingob hails Cuba - Namibia relationship

20 Sep 2015 10:20am
By Charles Tjatindi
HAVANA, 20 SEP (NAMPA) – President Hage Geingob hailed the diplomatic ties existing between Namibia and Cuba, saying such a relationship should be further strengthened.
The Namibian leader, who concluded a three-day official visit to Cuba on Thursday, told reporters the same day that the cordial relationship enjoyed by both countries should be strengthened to include more sectors of the economy.
He noted Cuba has been an integral part of Namibia's struggle for liberation, as the country supported Namibia in various ways to achieve independence from colonial rule.
It is such political ties, Geingob said, that ought to be widened to include Namibia's second struggle - that of economic emancipation.
He said despite the sound political policies, peace and stability enjoyed in Namibia, a vast majority of Namibians are poor and still struggling to feed themselves.
“We have put in place good structures of governance, which are guided by our constitution. All these things were done to pave the way for a new Namibia.
“But sadly, people do not eat the constitution, good policies or peace and stability - people need food to survive, something which the Namibian Government is paying attention to,” said the president.
Geingob said he is looking forward to cooperation with the Cuban government in areas of economic development, in tandem with Namibia's drive for economic emancipation.
“Cuba assisted us in our political struggle and we call on our friends again to assist with our struggle to get our people out of poverty,” he said.
The Namibian Head of State referred to his trip to Cuba as a gesture to show appreciation to Cuba for being a good friend of the Namibian nation.
During his three-day visit, Geingob met with the Cuban leader, Raul Castro, before touring the facilities of a medicinal drugs manufacturing plant.
He also visited a gas plant and laid a wreath at the José Martí Memorial in honour of fallen Cuban heroes.
Geingob left Havana on Thursday for Texas, United States of America (USA).