Japanese Ambassador eager to fight poverty in Namibia

30 Sep 2015 18:00pm


The Namibian Government has called on its Japanese counterpart to assist in upgrading Namibia's railway network to international standard.

Namibian Vice-President, Nickey Iyambo said this during a meeting with Japanese Ambassador to Namibia, Hideyuki Sakamoto here on Wednesday.

Iyambo said Namibia is in extreme need of technical assistance, particularly to bring its railway network up to international standard to carry all kinds of material more easily.

"The other thing Namibia is interested in is in the area of skills development," he said, adding that young Namibian people should be sent to Japan to learn from Japanese institutions and gain experience, which Namibia can benefit from.

In his remarks, Sakamoto pledged to expand the excellent relations already existing between Namibia and his country. "I am happy that we have opened an embassy here in Windhoek and I am honoured to be the first ambassador of my country to Namibia. I am looking forward to expand our relationship for the future," he said.

Sakamoto promised that his government, through its development agencies, would join the Namibian Government in its effort to fight against poverty.

The Embassy of Japan opened a provisional office here on 01 January 2015 and started normal business on 21 July 2015 at its new building in Windhoek's Klein Windhoek area. Before the opening, the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria, South Africa had been in charge of Namibia as well.

Sakamoto presented his credentials to President Hage Geingob on 29 July 2015.